Well folks I’m back. After an unscheduled blogging break I’m back. It would seem life all of a sudden got very busy, filled with birthdays, funerals, graduations and overseas travel. Talk about busy stuff. I could have blogged in that time I guess but I felt that I wouldn’t have really had the time to do a good job so it went on the back burner, with a lot of other things. I figured there was no real point in over doing things as life was stressful enough as it was and too much of burning the candle at both ends is not good for me. A lot of people don’t realise but I was diagnosed with ME/CFS in 1994.
This diagnosis means different things for different people as it seems to be used as a blanket diagnosis for a range of problems. For me it means I struggle with energy levels and am always tired but have major issues with sleeping. Brain fog is the other symptom I have a lot of problems with. I get forgetful and at times find it hard to think. On bad days I will forget what I’m saying mid sentence. I have gotten good at talking in circles, untill the thought comes back, to cover up what is happening. I’m sure there are a lot of people who have met me that think I am pretty odd and scatter brained, or even the classic dizzy blonde, because of this. There are other issues that come with ME/CFS that affect me but these are the 2 that have the biggest impact on my life. These I struggle with on a daily basis and although I have learnt how to cope with these over the years, they are still a problem. I am also aware that there are people out there that aren’t as lucky as I am as I have long stable periods between relapses. I generally don’t tell people about my ME/CFS as it is so hard to explain and that there is a lot of stigma and controversy around it (even in the medical community). Enough of the boring stuff and more of the good stuff….
I graduated in March. It was such a great way to finish off my studies. It was definitely not the easiest of things to do but,… I DID IT! Making the decision to go back to school, and do it while trying to work, have a life and keep paying the mortgage and other bills, looking back was a crazy idea but I’m so glad I did. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, close friends and, of course my number 1 cheerleader, my husband. I also made some amazing friends when studying and they were also great support. I was fortunate enough to see my little (step) brother graduate at the same ceremony. There were crazy winds the afternoon of the ceremony which made for difficult photography conditions. It was a great day overall and I am so proud to be able to say I’ve been there and done that.