I Want What He’s Got

By July 17, 2013 Blog

Yesterday’s existential crisis was provoked by a carrier bag.  Fear not, I’m a warrior and in my usual stoic fashion, am powering through.  But today I have a fresh angle. To recap: I’ve been sent a lovely, thoughtful pressie from my brother. He (well his fiance), had to pick it, wrap it and post it.  I’ll just underline the point: A Gift. From My Brother. So – how did I respond? By cracking out the bunting and celebrating his thoughtfulness?  No …Read More

What I’m Really Thinking (Part 2)

By April 14, 2011 Blog

The Woman With ME ( from The Guardian) “Twenty years coping with the symptoms of ME is bad enough, but 20 years of coping with people’s reactions to it adds insult to injury in the most literal sense. First was the era of “yuppie flu”, when people you’d never met before felt entitled to interrogate you as to the validity of your illness and your presumed psychological deficiencies. Nowadays I get either the “you need to pull yourself together” brigade, or …Read More

Listen without Prejudice

By March 23, 2011 Blog

One of my friends, Angie, spent most of her teenage years almost bed-bound with the condition now recognised as ME – or Myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Another good friend has been recently diagnosed with the illness and has had to change her whole life in order to be able to cope with the most basic of tasks. Even today, not that much is known about ME, but when Angie was growing up, it was almost …Read More