The Dreaded Brown Envelope

Last week I received another DBE (dreaded brown envelope.) For those lucky enough to not know what this means, all correspondence from the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) arrives through one’s letterbox in a brown envelope. The sight of them does something weird to me and my mum has taken to opening them forContinue reading “The Dreaded Brown Envelope”

The Final Countdown

As you may know by now I am having a charity tea party in ‘celebration’ of M.E. Awareness week. My closest friends and family are coming over for an afternoon of tea and cake on Sunday 11th May, now dubbed Blue Sunday. (The awareness colour for ME/CFS is blue.)  As I have made so manyContinue reading “The Final Countdown”

The External Effects

This isn’t a pity party or my attempt at fishing for compliments. I’d hope by now you’d know that’s not my way. This is merely the truth as I see it today.  The external impact of chronic illness is something I had not anticipated or even considered. In many ways I am more comfortable inContinue reading “The External Effects”

The Fear

I imagine it’s hard for a parent to hear their child say that they’re feeling so poorly they worry they won’t wake up tomorrow; that they feel so poorly they’re scared that they might die in their sleep. There are no tears or hysterics when I say this to my parents. Just a matter-of-fact statement indicatingContinue reading “The Fear”