Hello World! Well I have finally found the time, and the inclination, to begin recording my thoughts and expressing my emotions, on the roller coaster ride called ‘life’. I have chosen to focus on the last decade of my existence, where my physical health has been persistently challenged. I am hoping that by sharing some of my experiences, someone who may be going through similar challenging times, will find comfort in knowing they are not alone and that things will improve (Well fingers crossed anyway). Like others who experience any illness, some days are better than others and I am just beginning to realise the importance of making the most of those ‘good’ days.
In 1999, a year that will be forever etched in my memory, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Apparently I had contracted a stomach parasite while studying in a mountain village in Indonesia. While the opportunity to attend University in this diverse culture was an amazing experience, I had inadvertently taken home more than I had bargained for. This parasite slowly depleted my immune system over the next 18 months until my body came crashing down in a heap. At the time I was working full-time as a teacher, studying for my Masters in Education, and raising two amazing children. Those who have been unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with CFS know the impact that it has on you, your loved ones, your career, your life. Life as you knew it, is turned upside down. I was told it could possibly take 5-7 years before my body would fully recover. It was almost 5 years exactly. It was a long, difficult road back to good health and it made me appreciate my body and my outlook on life changed, as did the symptoms associated with the illness.
An aspect of living with Chronic Pain or ongoing illness, that I openly acknowledge, is the feeling of isolation that it brings. The isolation from everyday events and happenings is so strong that it is difficult to even explain in words. One minute you are an active part of society, going to your place of employment, making time for family and friends, attending Professional Development and, if time permits, pursuing your own hobbies and interests. Then suddenly through as illness or an injury this is gone in the blink of an eye. This is where current technology steps in. Through current forms of social media, almost at any time of the day, information, conversation, via various media forms, current knowledge regarding an illness, can be found and sought through the internet. Providing much-needed interaction for those who may be confined, geographically isolated or for some who hold a particular interest in any specific category.
But the story, or should I say my roller coaster ride of good health, was not over….. in fact it was only just beginning!!!
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