10 things you only know if you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

6. I’ve learned some pretty good life lessons

Number 1: How to chill out. Now I’ve got a great excuse to get a massage, have a lazy day, get an early night, have a lie in.

7. The denial is real

Quite simply, how can this be happening to my body? Surely I can’t not do things because my body’s too tired? How can I be spending whole days in bed when I’m only 30?

8. The brain fog can be downright frightening

10 things you only know if you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

It’s like trying to see without wearing a pair of glasses or trying to hear someone whisper in a nightclub – like thinking through a cloud. Brain fog is the inability to think clearly, to retain information, to form thoughts, where one’s mind feels like a complete and utter muddle.

For a while I genuinely thought I had early onset dementia. It’s frightening because words can drop out of your head, or in severe cases I once had it where I was particularly fatigued and for a moment I couldn’t remember the way home.

On a day-to-day basis, trying to think through brain fog and be good at your job is nearly impossible.

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