Hi I’m Daniel.
I’m writing this blog in partnership with the ME Association, a UK based organisation who support people with ME/CFS through all stages of their illness.
My connection with the ME association is special in the sense that as I went through my adolescence living with ME, I became involved in what was their young people’s group at the time, in the mid 90s. I was a fundraising representative and made blue ribbons with a soldering iron to post out across the country to raise awareness. I was also a ‘rep for the lads’ in supporting young guys to feel part of something while coming to terms with their chronic illness. It’s an honour to have been asked to blog for them again, a quarter of a century later!
In 2018 I became ill with ME, around twenty years after recovering in my late teens. This has taken a lot of processing and I’ve had to adapt my life. My wife and I chose to relocate our family from Nottingham city life, back to the Northumberland countryside where I grew up, and I have put my social work career on hold. I’m choosing to find beauty and goodness among the exhaustion.
To learn more about my thoughts behind this blog and a little of my story, please see my initial post.
Please note that the views expressed in this blog are my own, and not those of the ME association.
Thanks for being here.