I’ve had a personal journey with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia for almost three years. I am still on my own recovery journey. I still have further to go to be where I want to be. However I am in a far different place to where I was at the most difficult stages. I’m on the up, up, up!
I was diagnosed with moderate to severe ME. In the initial stages for around a year, I was bed bound / house bound. I used a wheelchair for eight months and needed help with washing my hair and daily living. Within this entire period, there were times I suffered greatly but equally I was presented with much opportunity and ever increasing passages of freedom and peace. This life changing period has forced me to embody my previous psychological training and spiritual disciplines, leading me to more personal satisfaction than I could have ever imagined before I got ill. I’ve had to find a way to master my own psychology which had previously alluded me to some degree, despite my psychology background and three years of psychotherapy.
I’ve been forced to find new ways to take action and to end the fears and insecurities which were holding me stuck in cycles, particularly around fearing symptoms and relapses. Equally I had to learn to really come to love and nourish myself so I could return to a new, more sustainable and healthy way of life, which continues to evolve.
Before the ME/CFS experience, I always enjoyed motivating people to find out more about themselves and their unique path. Inspiring individuals to reach greater personal empowerment has long been my passion. Equally I find self-development to be a rewarding avenue for positive transformation, even more so now!
I have a background in teaching and counselling both with children and adults in a variety of settings and have worked within the education, charity, public and health care sectors. In addition to being a trained psychotherapist I have training in a number of holistic alternative therapies. I’ve been involved in event management and teaching / speaking at educational events since 2006 and I can see a vision of one day getting back to leading some inspiring workshops, all about demonstrating that you CAN RECOVER FROM M.E. / CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME!
Having faith that you can get well can be so hard when the outside world seems so far away, but with little steps, lots of knowledge, hope and a different approach to life, miracles do happen! I am so grateful for all the things I once took for granted and for growth lessons which have aided me in becoming a better friend to myself and in finding my sense of personal power. Soon, I look forward to helping others on the road to their recovery.