Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Welcome, welcome. Thanks for joining me! I chose the title, because I feel that going through the process of a CFS diagnosis, and dealing with the physical and mental effects of CFS can cause you to lose the ‘sassy’ element of yourself. I believe you can get that back – we all can. This blog aims to explore how and why we can, and should, become sassy again – along with the up’s and downs of living with CFS.
I am 23 years old, and work in coordinating events for the UK’s national mapping agency (as well as a long list of other boring tasks – which I will get to in my blog about work!). Before this, I was a marketing intern for the same company – earning pennies but doing the coolest job in the world. How things change.
I studied Psychology at the University of Southampton, and I still reside here – living with other former students, in a cold and student-y house. It’s not glamorous, but it’s ours (well it actually belongs to Mr. Pang, but we rent it from him). I chose Psychology because it was the only A level I took that I actually enjoyed; if I could go back I would choose marketing, but that’s not very helpful because I can’t go back, and I also didn’t realise marketing was a degree until this year. So I am the proud owner of a Psychology Bsc that I don’t use, and £54,000 worth of debt. Congratulations to me. I wouldn’t change it for the world though (apart from to change it to a marketing degree, but we have been through that).
I have a lovely, supportive family (if not irritating at times – but who’s family isn’t irritating?), and fabulous friends. My wonderful parents live in Essex in our family home, with my beautiful chocolate Labrador Kim. My little brother lives in Maidstone now where he is doing his degree. I also have a boyfriend who has the communication skills of a table – but more about him later. My friends are also scattered around Essex, London, Southampton, Liverpool and other random places.
So, that’s me – 23 years old, perfectly ordinary, apart from one minor factor – I have just been diagnosed with CFS.