I was a healthy child, but everything changed when I was 14 and caught a virus. The weeks went by and I didn’t get better. I’d lie with my head on the desk in lessons, unable to move from the exhaustion. I was sleeping a lot, I had pain in the back of my legs and I’d feel sensitive to everything. The first time I knew something was really wrong was when I couldn’t get up the stairs at school. I had to stop three times and I’d drop something so I could pretend I had a reason to pause. I tried to carry on, thinking, ‘It’ll go away’. I didn’t want to be ill, I wanted to live like a normal teenager. I’d even try to hide it from my parents – I’d say I was upstairs doing homework when really I’d be asleep – but it got to a point where I couldn’t disguise how bad things were. The doctor just prescribed painkillers and I was told to fight it. But gradually my world began to shut down. I had to stop going to school, and as the days went on I became more and more isolated. At… Read full this story
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