I'm going to write a few blogs reviewing books written about living with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). These books have impressed me and influenced my thinking about how I live with this illness.
The first in this series is a book entitled
This is what I read on the back cover of the book which intrigued me
' Author Marianne Granger suddenly found herself incapacitated at the age of 46. Devastated and with no cure for her illness in sight, she recounts how she went from victim to empowered as she learned to tame her "dragon" by mastering her emotions, her ego. Follow her journey to a fresh perspective on a life that can bring joy and serenity. Whether you or someone you love is struggling with chronic illness, you will find that raising awareness, forgiving and letting go are just a few of the liberating steps on the road to wellness. This is the path of Higher Maintenance.'
The first thing that struck me on receiving and reading my copy of this book was that it mirrored my story and journey with M.E.
I've underlined, ringed and starred many key words and phrases that resonate with me. There are so many that it would be impossible to share them all in this blog. However, I'll share some of the key ones with you.
Marianne was about the same age as me when she became ill and at about the same time.
She writes 'One morning I woke up to find that I could not get out of bed. I was weak as a kitten and my throat was very sore'
On reading her book I discovered many of her experiences were similar to mine
- she thought that she was sick with the flu
- she thought that she was dying
- she pushed herself to go back to work too soon
- she lost everything
- she was told that she had depression
- she became isolated
- she became increasingly sensitive to so many things around her
- she spent a decade of online research
- she searched for tools to and ways to manage her illness
- it became increasingly clear that her life would never be the same
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