Birthday girl!

Another year older and wiser!

Yesterday was my 24th birthday. Happy birthday to me! I was made to feel incredibly special and loved with a huge pile of cards and presents and messages and texts. There was also a lot of cake, and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT! Like a trooper I am slowly working my way through it…

To celebrate I have managed to catch up with friends over the last couple of weekends which has been lovely. On Tuesday I made a short visit to the family I used to nanny for which was wonderful too. This weekend I am seeing more friends. Yes, yes this is overdoing it! But if you can’t bend the rules a little on your birthday then when can you? The basics of my M.E rehab are still in place and I am trying to celebrate in an as M.E friendly way as possible…if such a thing exists.

Yesterday I had a party! Not a party in the usual, normal sense, but a virtual party so that even I, and my poorly friends, could attend. I invited my facebook friends to join me in having a cuppa and a slice of cake at some point during the day. All they then had to do was post a picture on the event page of them joining in with the festivities. Over thirty of my friends joined me. I had been at home on my own while everyone was at work and didn’t want to open my presents by myself, but having the online party made me feel like I wasn’t completely on my lonesome.

It wasn’t the poorliest of days but I didn’t feel too clever either. The online party allowed me to celebrate in a way that was much more manageable. It may have seemed pathetic or sad for a person to be spending their birthday online but, like other areas of my life, I had to embrace it because M.E does not allow me to always celebrate in more conventional ways. I will admit I didn’t feel as if it was my birthday. I didn’t do anything particularly different from a usual, normal day. This week my symptoms have left me feeling quite ‘out of it’ and I felt a little flat when I realised that this is my third birthday where I have been poorly. Still, I am so much better than I was on my 22nd birthday so it can’t be all bad. And I wasn’t stuck in bed like I am today. What more can a girl really ask for on her birthday? 🙂 Judging by how horrendous I feel today, it seems even virtual parties and this silly illness shouldn’t mix.

I was a very lucky girl (or do I have to say woman now?!) and so many of my family and friends embraced the virtual party with me. I spent the evening with my parents and all of my siblings eating my favourite food and more cake than I probably should have!

So thank you all. You made me feel extremely loved and reminded me how lucky I am to have you. To my family and friends, old and new, healthy, poorly or otherwise, I love you all for going along with my virtual birthday and for the amazing messages, photos, cards and presents. xoxo

Published by Anna Redshaw

Blogging about life in the slow lane with an invisible, chronic illness. I wasn't always a sick chick so this is somewhat of a life changing experience!

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