My Story Then
My background was a very energetic one. When I was younger I swam six days a week and was competing in Swimming Galas all over the United Kingdom. I finished secondary school then went onto my apprenticeship as a Nursery Practitioner. I completed my National Vocational Qualification in Early Years Care and Education level two and three. Some years after I underwent my assessors training in Learning and Development. This was to asses adult Learners who are taking the Teaching and Learning qualification. This is now the equivalent to the National Vocational Qualification Level two and three I had done as an apprentice in previous years. My career in total spanned over about 15 years.
We go back just two years ago and I was then working with SEND (special educational needs/disabilities) learners in a Special Needs School. This is a job that no words can describe. You aid and adapt learning styles to fit the needs of the individual learners. To see their progress over time is so rewarding. It is a feeling that you cannot explain and a feeling that is priceless.
I was still very active. Attending the gym four times a week. I ran two Taunton Half Marathons and swan at least two times a week. Then everything changed…
You are about to read a brutally honest account of how my symptoms arose and developed over time. At first I was experiencing extreme tiredness to the point I found it hard getting out of bed and finding myself falling asleep as I came home from work. It was a funny feeling like you were dreaming with your eyes open. Back then I didn’t take much notice of this. I still carried on with the same old daily routine. Getting up, taking my daughter to school, heading to work, finishing work, collecting my daughter from school, doing tea, going for a run or workout. Putting my daughter to bed and then after time I would take myself off to bed. Just a normal daily routine of many right? I marched on and just carried on.