BAT­TLING ILL­NESS

In the Moment - - Wellbeing -

Tia, 39 , Bris­tol

“Two years ago, I was di­ag­nosed with a chronic fa­tigue syn­drome called bromyal­gia. It leaves me feel­ing com­pletely drained and not able to func­tion, but be­cause it’s some­thing you can’t ‘see’, most peo­ple don’t un­der­stand. Christ­mas has be­come an en­durance test that I have to get through. I feel like peo­ple judge me and think

I’m be­ing a party pooper when I have to can­cel stu or turn down in­vites, but my im­mune sys­tem just can’t cope with it.”

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