Hmmm ... well I reckon I should start with some background info about me.
I'm 41 now and until the age of 32 my life was pretty awesome! I was living with my partner of 10 years Robert, I had a great job as a graphic designer, loving family and friends .... it really couldn't have been better.
Decemeber 2000 I came home one day and Robert was laying dead on our bed. WTF? Yep, it was certainly a shock and unfortunatly things just got worse. I lost my job because gay people didn't and still don't have equal rights. My boss sacked me because I needed to have time off to grieve. It was a long road.
In August 2007 (or was it 2008?) I came down with what I thought was a bad flu after overdoing it at the gym. The flu never went away. It took about 4 weeks to settle down but it remained at a low level and from that moment on I only ever was able to work part time.
I had another bout of this 'flu' after one of my best friends had a very serious motorbike accident. He unforunatly had the accident out of town and I felt I needed to be with him (didn't initially know if he was going to live), so I staying in a motel by the hospital for a month or so and then for the next 3 months I spent 4 days a week in Brisbane working and 3 days a week staying with him at the hospital.
Once he was finally released from hospital I became his carer and companion (it was a very dark time for him and I found peace of mind by knowing i was doing my best to help him through). By October 2009 he was pretty much back on his feet and I no longer needed to care for him. It was at this point that my body totally crashed.
I woke up one day with another bout of 'flu' but this time it was so bad I just couldn't move. To my disbelief I went further downhill and early 2010 I found myself in hospital unable to walk or do anything. I had every test imaginable in order to rule out any other possibility. As it turns out it looks like I have Chronic fatige Syndrome, although there is no real diagnostic test so I don't know for sure??
So now I am trying to adapt to a new life. Stay tuned ... I have LOTS to say!!!!