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I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E when I was 14 years old (nearly 15).
Before CFS I was a dancer, I had a lot of friends and I was really happy and bubbly.
I remember the exact moment my first symptoms occured, I was at a Milley Cyrus concert (remember I was 14) and I started flagging and my vision went blurry, I started getting random pains and I felt so week as if I was going to collapse, I had to sit down.
The symptoms were on off since, specifically the random pains,
I was always going to the doctors always going to hospital, I felt like a pin cusion due to all the hundreds of blood tests I had to find out what it was to receive a diagnosis.
I also missed a lot of school as I couldn't stay awake, I would get to point of collapse.
It took almost a year to diagnose me!! What makes it worse is the ONLY reason I had a diagnosis is because one of my doctors had a neice who also suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome!! They had even at one point tried to tell me that it was all in my head and I was clearly being bullied at school (which I wasn't, I have honestly never been bullied in my entire life).
The diagnosis was a relief but at the same time it felt like a never ending nighmare as I was told there is no cure.
I tried everything, I tried a zero sugar, zero dairy diet, I tried hynotherepy, I tried ocupational therepy, relaxation technique, the tens machine (that does help a lot with the random pains), I could go on and on about everything I tried to cure Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E.
Some helped a little but mostly none of them worked.
I missed all my GCSE'S and ended up so depressed feeling like I would never have a career, never have a boyfriend, never be able to dance again. I was heart broken and I struggled.
I just had to manage it as best I could.
I am now 21 years old, I am engaged to be married on the 22nd July 2016 (just over 3 months), I work 11 hour shifts! So I can get 3 days off a week instead of 2 as it benefits more to be at home more frequently and have the extra rest day.
I still suffer with Chronic Fatigue but it is not as bad as it used to be, I have good days, I even get to dance on my good days but I also have bad days, yesterday I left work early as I just couldn't kee my eyes open and the random pains were intense, I felt dizzy, I had blurry vision so I had to go home.
I am very positive about my future, it took a long time but I'm getting there, once my fiancee has finished University (He's studying law), I'm going to re-take my GCSE's and then do a nursing degree.
Some days my Chronic Fatigue makes me feel so low but I don't always feel like that. I try to keep smiling through the exhaustion, the blurry vision, the pains and the dizzyness. I just soldier through as best I can.
Thank you so much for reading xx
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