About Me

In a Nutshell

In no particular order, I am a: health fanatic, ME/CFS survivor, Lightning Process graduate, loved up wife, avid yogi, food as medicine believer, ex-lawyer, Institute for Integrative Nutrition student, Chelsea FC supporter, cookbook collector, gluten & dairy free eater, West Wing addict and all round wellness and vitality seeker.

And the Longer Version

In 2010, aged 26, I was your average working girl, a solicitor specialising in corporate law in London, living with my boyfriend, Mr B, and generally trying to squeeze as much out of life as possible.

All that changed in December 2010 when I caught the flu bug doing the rounds at work and it totally knocked me out. I just never seemed to get over it. After a few months and every imaginable blood test, I was diagnosed with M.E. / C.F.S. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).  My main symptoms? Crippling muscle and joint pain, migraines, sleep disturbances, digestive issues, dizziness, food intolerances, sound intolerance, body temperature imbalance, orthostatic intolerance and the worst of all? Exhaustion, crushing fatigue and a lack of energy so profound it’s hard to put into words.

In hindsight, I can see that I had already been suffering from this illness for at least a decade, if not longer, prior to diagnosis. I had often been ill and struggled with fatigue and lacked energy. I had, until 2010, somehow kept one step ahead of a serious crash, always managing to bounce back when illness caught up with me.

But 2011 began with me too ill to work or look after myself. I lived back with my parents for months at a time, with Mr B visiting me on weekends. I was largely housebound, with outings limited to avoid spikes in symptoms from the effort. When I did venture out, it was in a wheelchair and it would take several days of horizontal rest for me to recover. Life was restricted with my activity paced and hourly rests required. On bad days, showering left me in tears the pain was so bad. I was unable to sit upright at the dinner table for more than a few minutes I was just so tired. On better days I could read for 10 minutes or chop vegetables for dinner sitting in a chair or go for a short walk.

This was my life for nearly 3 years. I tried everything to get well. Read my full strategy here. And get a list of everything I tried here.

In October 2013 I finally found my magic bullet – the Lightning Process and I haven’t looked back since. It unlocked the door to recovery for me, giving me the tools I needed to stabilise my overactive nervous system and tame my stress response; which I came to see were at the heart of my problem. Slowly symptoms subsided and I was able to live back in London with Mr B. I was able to drive again, go for longer walks, cook dinner, go to the supermarket (yes that felt like an achievement), meet friends, watch TV for as long as I wanted without getting a headache, go out without a wheelchair. These are just a few of my recovery milestones, the list is long. It wasn’t overnight, it took time, patience and persistent handwork to rebuild my strength and stamina. But slowly I made real progress.

Just a few months after doing the LP course, Mr B and I planned a holiday in celebration of my new wellness. We went to America for three weeks, where, in Las Vegas, Mr B proposed. In August 2015 we got married, after 11 and a half years together. Me, as full of energy and health, as I had ever been.

Today I continue to strive for full health and wellness using the Lightning Process, nutrition and yoga. I have just begun a year long nutritional health coaching course and I am very much looking to the future. I’m most happy in the kitchen, on my yoga mat or enjoying walks in the English countryside with my hugely supportive husband, a.k.a. Mr B.

My blog catalogues my journey through ME/CFS. I hope it gives fellow sufferers hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. ME/CFS is still part of my life today; I imagine it always will be. I still have to watch my activity levels, but in a much, much less restrictive way. I know how to keep the illness in check. I am in control now. I largely feel free and most of all incredibly grateful that I have, touch wood, come out the other side.

If you would like to read my health journey in more detail, then please see these four posts: 2010 – Where It All Began2012 – Some Ups, More Downs2013 Turning the Corner and Living Recovery in 2014.

You can find a full list of every remedy, treatment and miracle cure I tried here and an overview of my strategy to get well here.

If you have any questions about my story, or anything on my site, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, either by commenting on my blog posts or via email: myjourneythrume[@]yahoo.com.

Jess x

Updated January 2016

71 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Sarah W February 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    Hello, your story really resonated with me, as I have been on a similar journey myself, but luckily I am 100% recovered now. I also saw a myriad of different specialists, but there have been 2 amazing ones, who I believe have cured me. I no longer worry about re-lapsing, and have been “normal” for about 18 months now. I know what it’s like when you are on your own particular journey, but if you are interested in hearing mine, let me know. Sending you lots of support! S

    • myjourneythrume February 22, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      Sarah, hi. Thanks so much for your comment, really thoughtful and I really appreciate it. I’m so happy to hear that you are now recovered, that is wonderful and gives me such hope. If you’re happy to share, then I’d love to hear your experience, I’m pretty much willing to try anything to reach recovery so the more info and approaches I know of the better. Feel free to post on here or you could email me @ myjourneythrume@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Jess.

    • Ben D July 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      Sarah, may I ask who your 2 amazing specialists are? I seem to have plateaued with my recovery so looking for new avenues to try. Many thanks, Ben

      • myjourneythrume July 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

        Thanks so much for reading and following Ben. I totally sympathise about the recovery plateau. I’ve been there too, several times, recently fell off backwards, which is less than ideal. Thank you for taking the time and energy to email me too. Altho I really wish you weren’t sick too, it’s really nice to hear from someone in the same position who fully understands. I will reply to your email properly soon, the Wimbledon final is zapping all my energy at the moment. I’m desperately trying to keep upright so I don’t fall asleep and miss something! But I promise I will reply – hold me to that 🙂

  2. Carol Lyn March 18, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    I nominated you for this award. http://caroldeforestshinde.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ I just started reading your blogs and love them. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Carol 🙂

  3. Moment Matters March 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Jess, how are you?

    Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD“. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!

  4. Moira March 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Hi Jess, thank you for visiting my blog and liking my Asian Slaw posting. I wish you every amount of luck, knowledge and fortitude in healing yourself, and I admire your efforts to expand your community and share trials and tribulations. Are you familiar with Dr David Servan-Schreiber? He had a decidedly more serious (terminal) disease, but discovered so much about how diet and lifestyle change can cure or alleviate the symptoms of major disease. (Actually, I found out about his efforts while I was living in London.) A worthwhile read.

    • myjourneythrume March 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

      Hi Moira, thank you for visiting and for your lovely comment. I haven’t come across Dr David S-S but it sounds perfect for me, I’ll definitely look him up. Thanks v much for the suggestion.

  5. The Unorthodox Dolly May 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Congratulations on a very uplifting and well written blog! I know how cruel ME can be and it’s so refreahing to read about your efforts to maintain a positive attitude despite the difficulties.
    Best of luck on your journey to health! Xx

    • The Unorthodox Dolly May 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      *refreshing. Sorry! X

    • myjourneythrume May 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Thank you so much for such a lovely comment. I do my best to be positive and I’m glad I come across that way on my blog 🙂 thank you for taking the time to visit and comment, come back again soon!xx

  6. tonyburkinshaw June 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi Jess,
    I’m delighted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award on http://www.postsofhypnoticsuggestion.wordpress.com.
    I wish you all the best
    Tony

  7. Ben D July 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Thanks and good to know I’m not the only one. If sitting up in front of the tennis is tiring, perhaps watching lying flat in front of the tv or watch live on BBC Iplayer on your bed. I found as soon as I started spending more time resting, lying flat (last August) I began to make a bit more progress. Enjoy the rest of the match and looks it could go on for days!

    • myjourneythrume July 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

      Good advice, thanks. Time to put the laptop down and lay flat. I hope it doesn’t go on for days!! Need to rest!!

  8. Moira July 29, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    Thank you for liking my recent post: Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake!

  9. Stef August 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Hi there! Thank you so much for stopping by a few of my blogs (http://smilekiddo.wordpress.com and http://savorysundays.wordpress.com), AND for choosing to follow them! I really appreciate it. 🙂 I also appreciate your bravery and honesty in your writing – big kudos to you.

    • myjourneythrume August 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

      Thanks so much for your nice comment, I’m looking forward to following you and your blogs.

  10. celestedimilla August 5, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    I’ve never heard of M.E. before, but I checked out your write up about it and it sounds just awful. I’m glad that you’ve come a long way in dealing with this awful disease, and I hope you continue to improve. Celeste 🙂

    • myjourneythrume August 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

      Thanks for reading and commenting Celeste. I hadn’t really heard of ME before I was diagnosed either. It was all quite a mystery for a long time. Thank you for your kind words, slowly but surely I will get there, ME is not going to beat me!

  11. Kathryn Chastain Treat August 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    I look forward to hearing more of your story.

  12. veganmonologue August 28, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Got to your blog! I just sent you a potato cheese recipe. I wanted to say that I saw a documentary on chronic fatigue syndrome and it’s very intriguing and mysterious, but terrible for the sufferers. I wish you all the luck in the world in getting better. Hope you try the “cheese” and we can trade hellos once in a while! Cheers.

    • myjourneythrume August 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Thank you for your lovely well wishes. And thank you for the cheese recipe. I am very intrigued by it and will definitely be trying it. Thanks!

  13. starla of the desert September 3, 2013 at 4:53 am #

    Your story stunned me – I had the flu in 2009, and as I described it, “I couldn’t come out of it”. I went to medical centers and specialist with no outcome, the rheumatologist landed on Sjogren’s Syndrome and fibromyalgia….but what you described is precisely my experience and symptoms. Thank-you for this blog, as your information is extremely helpful!

    • myjourneythrume September 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      Fibromyalgia is very similar to ME/CFS as I understand it. I’m glad you’ve found my blog helpful. If you have any questions please do ask, I’ll do my best to answer. Good luck!

  14. Jumping_Jenny_444 September 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog! 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading your posts!

  15. KitchenFeasts September 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and following it. Reading your story is really moving and uplifting and I wish you all the best with your journey and love your positive attitude. Keep your spirits up and hope you enjoy every moment. Thanks again for visiting kitchenfeasts and hope you keep on enjoying my blog.

    • myjourneythrume September 10, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment; that’s so nice to hear. Your blog is great and I look forward to reading your posts.

  16. dawnhosking September 9, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    I can completely resonate with what you describe. I think that I had ME/CFS for longer than when I got the virus that led to the acute state of the illness. I too focus on the light that is just visible at the end of a very long tunnel – keep smiling 😉

    • myjourneythrume September 10, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      The light is there it just gets a bit dim at times! But we will get there, just got to keep plodding along 🙂

  17. Kat September 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you find a solution and heal – I am looking forward visiting your blog and following your story.

  18. Michelle October 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Your blog is so cool, I nominated you for the Liebster award! Congratulations!
    http://trynabpainfreemomma.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/id-like-to-thank-the-academy/

  19. Jumping_Jenny_444 October 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    Congratulations! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is also known as the “favorite blog award”. And since your blog totally rocks my world, that’s why I chose yours. Check out my post to find out the steps to graciously accept your award, and keep up the great blogging! 🙂 Jenn xx

  20. juliasarahelizabeth October 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award. Here is a link to my post where you can get the instructions for acccepting the award. http://juliesspoonfulofsugar.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/wow-an-award

    • myjourneythrume October 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

      Wow! Thank you Julie!

      • juliasarahelizabeth October 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

        🙂

  21. Jumping_Jenny_444 October 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Congratulations! I have just nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award! To learn more about this lovely award and to find out the steps to accept this award, click on the link below. Jenn xx
    http://myfibrotasticlife.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/presenting-the-reader-appreciation-award/

  22. Jumping_Jenny_444 October 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Congratulations! I have just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! To learn more about this lovely award and to find out the steps to accept this award, click on the link below. Jenn xx
    http://myfibrotasticlife.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/and-now-presenting-the-versatile-blogger-award/

    • myjourneythrume October 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

      So many awards! It is definitely award season! Thank you Jenny xx

  23. dawnhosking October 19, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Hi Jess, I nominated you for the Word Press Family Award, congratulations, you can see it here ; http://dawnyhosking.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/we-are-family/

  24. Megan S November 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    Hi Jess, your blog has been inspirational to me. I’ve nominated you for the ‘Unique Leaves Award’. Congratulations, you can view the nomination here: http://mychroniclifejourney.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/unique-leaves-are-falling-here/

  25. Megan S November 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Hi Jess, I’ve just nominated you for the Blog of the Year Award 2013. Thank you for being such an inspiration and support. You can view the award here:http://wp.me/p43FEK-7K

    • myjourneythrume November 29, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      Oh my gosh Megan thank you. I’m so flattered and I’m so glad that my blog inspired you to start blogging and has helped you in your daily life. That means so much and I’m really happy to hear that. Thank you again.

      • Megan S November 29, 2013 at 7:22 am #

        You’re welcome Jess. Your’s was one of the first blogs I came across when I was looking for understanding of what I was going through.

  26. thebetterwaycfs December 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    I’ve nominated you for an award! Check it out here : http://thebetterwaycfs.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/more-awards/

  27. Megan S December 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    Hi Jess, I’ve nominated you for an award! Check it out here: http://mychroniclifejourney.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/so-many-award-nominations/

    • myjourneythrume December 3, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      So many awards! Thank you so much Megan 🙂

      • Megan S December 3, 2013 at 8:34 am #

        You’re welcome Jess 🙂

  28. Pepper January 28, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    Hi! We have a lot in common including a background in law. I noted that your goal is to share things that work. I have been tremendously blessed to find techniques that work on the cellular level in changing our health. If you are interested please see my blog and the Resources tab. In upcoming posts I will share how these techniques work. There is hope. There are things that work long term.

    • myjourneythrume January 31, 2014 at 9:41 am #

      Hi Pepper, thank you for reading and commenting. I shall definitely check out your blog, always keen to find new things to try.

  29. Jackie Elston March 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    hi l love yr blog. l have M.E and l run the Redditch,in Worcs M.E/CFS Support Group and lm just putting together a facebook page for ME/CFS sufferers to interact with hints and tips,comps, freebie and giveaway links, weekly easy quick and budget friendly recipes,inspire quotes of the week and as many moneysaving ideas l can find.When l have it set up can l post the link to the facebook page on here ? kind regards Jackie.

    • myjourneythrume March 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Yes of course! I’ll add it to my links page too. It sounds like a great resource. Jess

      • Jackie Elston March 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

        many thanks..as soon as lv got my new facebook page up and running ll forward the link. lm just sorting out the details of a new account so search engine directs people to this and not my own personal family page. thank you again .Jackie

  30. Jackie Elston March 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    hi..just to let you know lv set up my new facebook page called ‘Tips For A Easier Life with M,E..it can be found on the facebook search engine.lv still to put a photo on the heading page but l wanted to get it up and running as soon as possible. Iv also mentioned
    and put your link to your blog if that’s ok. kind regards Jackie Elston.

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