Im heather,Im 14 years old and was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in early march in 2014.
I have recently had to come out of school and receive home schooling as day to day life is always a struggle.Before the diagnosis I was a happy and energetic teenager who enjoyed going out with friends and on day trips out with my family.Since the diagnosis I struggle to keep up with the things I once loved to do. Growing up I was bullied regarding my weight this left me with severe anxiety and I struggled with depression for 6 months in 2012.Following this I then started to get regular panic attacks and as you can imagine this was a difficult thing to cope with at a young age. When I received the diagnosis the first thing I had to do was attempt at explaining to my friends how Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects me, I first thought of it as energy bars and mine go down faster than everyone else's, a year on and they still don't understand. To help cope with this I have tried to learn to pace myself in day to day life, Im now going back to school and moving up to year 10 this is a daunting experience as I still haven't 'mastered' pacing myself.If anyone has any tips or advice on how to cope with this it would be extremely appreciated!