Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Deanna's perspective: 10 things she wishes she'd known when she first got ME

This post is part of the 'ME from another perspective' series which I am running to contribute towards ME awareness this year.

Deanna is back with a second blog post about the things she wishes she'd known when she first got ill. Some of these things are things which all ME sufferes should be reminded of every now and then, we are told a lot of lies, and made to feel that our feelings are not valid. I also hope that this post will hep other people to understand how isolating it can be to live with ME.

1. You’re telling the truth, only you know how you truly feel, your emotions are valid.

2. Try not to focus too much on what you’ll do ‘when you’re better’, instead find things you enjoy, that you can do now!

3. Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small.

4. Don’t take those passive aggressive back-handed compliments, it’s not helpful to hear how you look fine. You know damn well you’re not. It’s okay.

5. Stop trying to get back to who you were before. Keep trying to be the best version of yourself, always learning.

6. Noise cancelling headphones are LIFE SAVERS.

7. Treat yourself. Paint your nails, put on a face mask, give your hair a deep treatment. Low activity spa day.

8. Ask for help when you need it. Don’t feel guilty.

9. Comparing yourself to healthy people is absolutely pointless and will serve no purpose.

10. Eat healthier, your body (theoretically) runs on what you fuel it with, so at least try to help it out by cutting down on junk!

Thanks to Deanna for writing this blog post, you can find her online at @chronicallydea on Instagram and on her blog which is!

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