Well hello there, thanks for stopping by my little slice of the internet. I've toyed with the idea of making a blog for a while, so I've decided to jump in and go for it. What could go wrong, right? As you can tell from the title of this blog, it's going to be all about my so-called "recovery", predominantly from one of my chronic illnesses known as M.E. There's no known cure for M.E, or currently any treatment. But we're muddling through and I'm trying to be okay with that. You can expect to find here musings from a chronically ill perspective, life updates, milestone markings, and so on. I want somewhere where I can document how things are going and what I'm thinking at that particular stage. I just have some opinions on stuff, and I figured they might be useful to anyone in the same boat as me, or someone that wants to learn a bit about it. I'll try my hardest to be honest with you (and myself) and give you a realistic perception of life with M.E.
In the past I've not been shy about posting M.E related content over on my Instagram but recently I feel like I've got a bit more to say. I figured a blog would be the perfect platform to have a little ramble. If there's any particular topics you'd like me to cover, please let me know. I'd like this to be a safe place for us spoonies. Somewhere you can come to for a bit of advice, or to know that you're not alone.
For all you lucky able-bodied people out there - I should explain what a "spoonie" is. It is a term used to describe someone who suffers from one or more chronic health conditions. Our community can relate to the spoon theory which you can read here. In a nutshell, spoonies do not have an unlimited amount of energy for the day. We have to count up our energy store for the day and work out how best to use it. We can no longer do whatever we want, whenever we want to. Bummer - I know. But we make it work, in one way or another. For every task we do that takes up some of that energy, we say it uses up "a spoon". I know it sounds ridiculous, but click the link and it will all make sense. It would mean a lot to me if you read it. If you suffer from a chronic condition yourself and you've never heard of the spoon theory before, I'd highly recommend you look up the term "spoonie" across social media. I guarantee you'll find something you relate to and meet some of the bravest people I know. We're a friendly bunch, come introduce yourself.
So now that we've got that out the way, let me introduce myself:
My name is Jenny, I'm 22 years old and I'm Scottish born and bred. Last year I graduated with a BA in International Fashion Branding, and I'm currently studying Visual Communication at college. Before I got sick I was a real gym lover (admittedly I was actually probably slightly addicted) and I loved a good swim. I was an active individual with a full time job and a busy social life. Now it's rare if I get out my pj's, but that's okay. I've now got this blog to keep me sane and keep me feeling productive when really all I'd like to do is go on a long run, or a pub crawl, or a foreign adventure. We'll get there.