So in previous parts of the seminar, Toby talked briefly about what CFS/ME is and how and potential causes (Link), Toby’s Triangle of success: Survival, Accept, Adjust, Believe & Achieve (Link) and the effects of stress and mindset to recovery (Link).
All the above are great, but how do we get past the acceptance stage and start adjusting, how do we keep a positive mindset and hope if there is nothing we can do to help ourselves or we think we have no hope of ever getting better?
In most cases this simply is not true, there are things we can do to help ourselves, it may not mean recovering fully from CFS/ME but giving you access to a better quality of life. Continue reading
In my a previous post I talked about the inspirational speech that Martine Wright gave, she lost both her legs in the 7/7 bombings but was determined to bring good from the bad (Link), one thing that I wanted to delve into a bit more was her concept of ‘Team Me’ the group of people who help you in your recovery process.
The concept of Team Me really made me think, and I ended up mentally listing of all those who are so vital to my current recovery process, after all no man is an island after all (well woman in this case). I thought I would take the time to write out and share, as a small token of my gratitude. Continue reading
Last Wednesday I attended a huge corporate event which completely wiped me out but was defiantly worth it! (Link) During the day we heard from ex world leaders, got entertained by A listers, and whilst all that was amazing what really struck a cord with me was the speech that Martine Wright gave, she is such a true inspiration.
Who is this Martine Wright you ask? Well to be honest I had no idea myself when she stepped on stage, but still her story really stuck a cord and brought both tear to my eye and a smile to my face.
Martine was a high flying marketing executive busy wrapped up in her own crazy busy life, until the day on July 7th 2005 when she got on a tube whilst running slightly late for work, sitting reading in the metro about how London and just being awarded the 2012 Olympics.
What she didn’t notice or realise at the time was that the man sitting opposite her with his rucksack (full of explosives!) had intentions to cause mass casualties and disruption to London’s rush hour traffic, and he succeeded. Continue reading
Earlier this month I was invited to attend the joint patient & researcher session at the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) conference.
This conference sounded really interesting, I was invited to attend for free and it was literally on my door step so it was a bit of a no brainer. Continue reading
So today day 5 of the invisible illness awareness week I wanted follow on from my post yesterday; where I went through how having a positive mindset can have very real profound impacts on the body and physical health.
Yesterday I discussed various scientific studies and the science behind mindset on the body, but today I want to go down a different route and talk about how I personally keep on top of my mindset.
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To mark day 3 of invisible illness awareness week, I thought I would talk about mental health.
Something which I do not think is hard to believe is that around half of people with CFS/ME develop depression in the months or years after their illness starts. Whilst CFS/ME is not a psychiatric illness, it appears to be a physical illness that leads to depression. Continue reading
Today marks the beginning of invisible illness awareness week (8-14th September) and to raise awareness I am going to post a blog a day whether that be in my new personal updates section or even a recipe.
To start the week off I am going to participate by sharing with you the “30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know” if you would like to participate or find more about invisible awareness week click here.
30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know Continue reading