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  • In 2001 my whole world changed.

  • I thought I was dying, my life completely shattered into tiny pieces of broken glass.

  • I lost six whole years of my life.

  • I lost my home, I lost my business.

  • I lost my marriage and I lost May to chronic fatigue syndrome.

  • I was completely burned out at the time.

  • I was in my early thirties, but I actually felt more like I was 100 and 30.

  • That's what it felt like every single day.

  • It was like being injected with poison.

  • My body was shutting down.

  • My family and close friends couldn't see behind my smile what was going on.

  • I called it my world.

  • So what's my world Feel like?

  • I want to take it that place.

  • Now put your hands up here.

  • Who's had flu before?

  • Put your hands up.

  • If you've had jetlag, put your hands up honestly, Who's had a severe hangover to the point?

  • You'll say you'll never, ever drink again that we will do a day away.

  • Feel what that's like to remember it.

  • Headache, sickness.

  • Everything aches in your body.

  • You feel disconnected from life and all you want to do is going live, breathe in a dark room and go to sleep and knowing after a couple of nights you're gonna feel better.

  • Papa knew.

  • If n maybe an Alka Seltzer and you're good to go well times that by 10.

  • 10 again.

  • And that's what it's like to live with chronic fatigue.

  • And also, after having a couple nights sleep it never, ever leave you.

  • It stays with you.

  • Who here's a perfectionist people, please.

  • Yes, Person doesn't like saying no.

  • The martyr strives to do the best, wants more out of life.

  • Does this sound like you?

  • Could this be you?

  • So what did my life look like before?

  • I was a very busy person.

  • I lived my life to the full.

  • I used to push myself, but got a bit of spare time.

  • You know what I'd do?

  • I'd fill it and still it again.

  • Phyllis again, this was made.

  • I've lived off that adrenaline Loved it.

  • Bring it on.

  • Give me more, More, more, more, more.

  • I was a young businesswoman.

  • Very successful driven Bye Targets lived off chocolate.

  • Any chocoholics here?

  • What was made living off coffee and these were my coping strategies to live off that high energy at wake up.

  • Morning at least.

  • How's 5 a.m. Most mornings.

  • Hey, Makeup Sutan heels on offside.

  • Ghost my day raring for that pressure to keep me running on that adrenaline, knowing that I'd come home into the evening very late.

  • That was okay.

  • And I enjoyed it.

  • I thrived off it.

  • I've been got married and was blessed with my two Children.

  • Edgerton, Emily.

  • Life felt good.

  • Well, I felt complete for May.

  • I'm dead.

  • I started to feel that my tiredness, my normal tiredness, didn't feel quite right.

  • Something was wrong.

  • I became more more tired than tigers became deeper.

  • But I just kept going on.

  • It was fine.

  • I can keep this life going, I guess.

  • What?

  • My first warning sign came in and I chose to ignore it because I'm the perfectionist.

  • I can keep going, keep going on this adrenaline.

  • So we had a family holiday.

  • We went off to Florida on our due to land.

  • I have appreciating headache pain I had never, ever experienced in my life.

  • My head felt like it was gonna explode, and I felt just very, very unwell.

  • But a different type of wellness.

  • We landed arrived at the airport.

  • I was delirious.

  • I was completely out of it.

  • Next minute I remember Team of Paramedics around May gave me a big shot of injection.

  • Not me out for two weeks.

  • End off the holiday returned back home.

  • Life became normal again.

  • Catch driving.

  • Pushing myself?

  • Yes, well, second warning sign.

  • And this was a warning sign that could not be ignored.

  • This time I went to New York for a long weekend with my girlfriend.

  • What we do in New York tickles.

  • It's party, party, party time.

  • We had great fun.

  • We shopped till I dropped.

  • We did a lot of sightseeing.

  • Still kept pushing myself.

  • Arrived back home on I contract the virus for three months that never ever left me.

  • I couldn't even raise my arm to brush my hair.

  • The pain in my joints and muscles was excruciating.

  • Palpitations in my heart felt my heart was going to explode.

  • Memory loss couldn't string a sentence together.

  • Things were seriously going wrong.

  • Getting worse.

  • I didn't know what was happening to May.

  • I would crawl on my hands and knees out of bed to get to the bathroom.

  • Have a shower.

  • We'd be like pins and needles.

  • The final straw Waas set Sitting of set of traffic lights to Mommy.

  • Mommy!

  • Mommy, wake up.

  • We're on green.

  • You've gotta go.

  • So my life I'd hide away Nobody could see inside my world And nor did I want to.

  • Two years went by Eventually I was told by consultant you've got depression.

  • You know you're making this up.

  • I believe that.

  • I thought I was going mad at that point.

  • But I wanted to beat this.

  • I wasn't gonna accept that.

  • So I did a lot of research eventually went see an immunologist and I had a diagnosis of chronic fatigue and it was great in a funny kind of way.

  • Fantastic.

  • We got answer to know what to do to them.

  • Be told I hope that I had was taken away.

  • We don't want to do with you.

  • You're gonna have to live with this the rest of your life.

  • These were dark, dark days.

  • For a long time I felt isolated, lonely in my world.

  • Nobody understood.

  • And at that point, I was going to take my life.

  • I've been had a light bulb moment to be long, dark days on actually, hydrogen.

  • Emily needed me.

  • They needed them.

  • And these two Children gave me my meaning and purpose.

  • Back in, they kept me going.

  • So I took action.

  • I had a choice.

  • I could create change to my life.

  • I accepted what was happening, right.

  • I just need a magic wand.

  • That's all I need is a magical want to get my life back.

  • So I became my magic wand.

  • I worked with my positive mind No beer people pleaser anymore.

  • Nurture me much my inner self On dhe, I also worked my nutrition.

  • I start off every day with the smoothie or juice and also work with my pacing.

  • So if I want to do what I want to do throughout that day, I'd have it in a heartbeat again.

  • I worked with pain management, hot, cold showers and also worked with movement.

  • I was in so much pain, I didn't want to move.

  • So I started gentle walks and built up to yoga, and it was OK to go and ask for help.

  • It's okay not to be okay.

  • So I worked with on that path and a hypnotherapist, and this all became my magic wand.

  • Life's good now unfit, healthy?

  • Well, I'm in a really good place.

  • I'm still rebuilding and it's hard work.

  • But I believe in me and you can recover chronic fatigue.

  • So I often tell people It's like living on the cliff edge.

  • You're right on my edge of that cliff edge.

  • If you drop over that cliff edge, it's a long way back.

  • So why do we live our lives on that cliff edge all the time?

  • Pushing ourselves under so much pressure A ll do it.

  • It's okay to take a rest.

  • Why do you feel guilty to take a rest?

  • So was in Wales recently.

  • Andi are standing underneath this cliff on Dhe, locked open For what?

  • My girl.

  • That's a long way.

  • And, boy, do I know it because I've been there.

  • But actually I started taking those steps of the other side of the cliff, and you can do it.

  • You can get that.

  • A pivotal part of my recovery was I was so passionate about helping other people who were going through a similar journey that I was going through.

  • So I decided to start from a single little thought.

  • I started a charity called Salute Fatigue foundation and long with passionate, committed team.

  • We have helped over 15,000 people start to change their lives.

  • No, they've got hope.

  • My other passion is about early intervention prevention.

  • So I go into work place.

  • Steve and I help people with their strategy, is giving them knowledge and education had to take better care of themselves So they don't make mistakes that I made and burn out.

  • So who here is living?

  • 24 7 under a lot of pressure pushing themselves?

  • If that sounds like you, I'm giving you a first warning sign today.

  • You can't sustain that.

  • Take better care of yourselves.

  • I'm leaving with a message today.

  • What will you change today as it starts with you?

  • Thank you.

In 2001 my whole world changed.

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