Hi. My name is Jo Moss, I am 44, and I have struggled with poor health most of my life. After years of unexplained symptoms I was finally diagnosed with ME/CFS in 2006, and later with Fibromyalgia in 2013.
I am hypersensitive to everything and intolerant to most prescription medication, so it’s been a struggle to find anything to ease my symptoms and to make my life bearable. Rather than helping, the side effects from the cocktail of drugs my GP and consultants have prescribed has actually worsened my health.
In addition to severe ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia, I have also been diagnosed with osteoporosis, IBS, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, migraines and insomnia. My health deteriorated severely about 6 years ago, and I have been pretty much bedbound since.
Constant pain and exhaustion are tough to deal with, and at times I have been suicidal. I couldn’t see the point in going on if this was what my life was to be like – life didn’t seem worth living. But I’m still here, and every day that goes by I feel physically and mentally stronger.
Reading that back it sounds so depressing, but the reason I’m writing this blog is to give other people, who are in the same position, a bit of hope.
My life isn’t easy, but it is worth living. I may cry a lot, but I also laugh a lot. I may get depressed, but I’m also optimistic.
No matter how bad things seem right now they can, and will get better. You can take back control and give yourself hope for your future.
I must add that I probably wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for the love and support of my amazing husband, family and friends. Thank you 💙
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