Sophie Lees from Heswall, pictured with sister Emma, speaks of her battle with ME
May 8-11 is ME Awareness Week. It is thought that 250,000 people in Britain are affected by the illness. Here Sophie Lees from Heswall writes about her daily battle
DO YOU EVER find it hard getting up in the morning? Find it hard getting dressed? Making breakfast? Well I find it almost impossible.
I have ME/chronic fatigue syndrome, an illness which affects around 250,000 people in the UK and many of these people are children.
ME is a real illness that affects people in many different ways.
Some people may still be able to go to work or school and have a reasonably good life.
Others are more serious, being housebound, bed-bound and having to use a wheelchair to mobilise.
There’s a range of symptoms including extreme tiredness, often to the point of collapse, muscle and joint pain, poor short- and medium-term memory, nausea and anxiety.
These are just a few of the symptoms you can experience when you have ME. A lot of people who suffer with ME don’t get taken seriously, and people don’t believe their illness is real.
But it is.
We not only have to deal with our illness, but we also have to fight for people to believe us.
My name is Sophie Lees and I live in Heswall, Wirral.
I have been ill for two and a half years. I’m only 15 and like many other teens with ME, my teenage years have been taken away from me.
I had glandular fever in 2009 which was then followed by ME in 2010.
My ME wasn’t that bad, as I could walk around, go into school part of the time and see my friends. But, three months ago I took a turn for the worse. I woke up one Sunday morning not being able to move. This day changed my life to what I know it as today.
All my dignity was taken away, as I now had to crawl everywhere because I couldn’t support my own body.
I had to stop going to school, stop going out with friends, stop nearly everything that I used to enjoy.
The thing that frustrated me was that it wasn’t a choice I had made.