Emily, My Inspiration

Seven years ago today, my first article in The Daily Telegraph was published. It told of the suffering and death of my dear friend Emily Collingridge. Emily had been passionate about raising awareness of ME, and I couldn’t bear the thought of her death passing unnoticed by the wider world. I wrote a piece about … More Emily, My Inspiration

When Coping Is Too Much

Life has been painful, of late.   Circumstances have brought a profound awareness of my limitations.  The ongoing serious illness of someone I love.  The approaching first anniversary of my father’s death; the fact that I was too ill to visit the intensive care unit where he spent the final month of his life.   … More When Coping Is Too Much

New Year Reflections

New Year is a strange time.  For most of my life, since becoming ill as a child, I have been unable to equate it with celebration.  For many years the arrival of January was reason to mourn another year destroyed by illness.  Nowadays I tread a calmer path, but a wary one nonetheless.  What might … More New Year Reflections