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M.E. Support Ambassador Rochelle Hanslow uses this platform to share personal insights, along with highlighting news and events. Guests are invited to write for this blog; please Contact Rochelle if you would like to be considered for a post. These medium-length blog posts are published regularly throughout the year. Please follow the M.E. Support Facebook Page for blog updates or to comment on her latest post.

 

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“Rochelle Hanslow takes pride in her work with M.E. Support and she is passionate about raising awareness. This is an honest and informative blog about her life with multiple chronic illnesses.”

J. Peterson

 

In addition to this blog, Rochelle has written You Are Not Your Illness and several other articles for M.E. Support. If you would like to read about Rochelle's work outside of M.E. Support, please visit her business website at Made You Co.

 


Friday 31 December 2021

I can’t quite believe we are at the end of another year. 2021 has been another extremely trying year worldwide but personally, I have felt the effects of the last two years weighing heavily on me most over the last few months in my own world.
Chronic illness isn’t easy to live with, even more so when you’re in the aftermath of a pandemic, as the medical care is even more lacklustre than it was before and the heavy toll of it all can trigger flares, anxiety disorders and trauma.
With next year being the 30th anniversary of M.E. Awareness Day – May 12th – I’m going to be delving deep into the last thirty years of advancement in all aspects of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. However, I thought that perhaps, as this is the last blog post of this year, I should try and summarise it all a little and give us all some hope going into a new year as well as continue to fly the flag for more awareness for M.E. and chronic illness.


Tuesday 30 November 2021

It is almost that time of year again: the festive “hustle and bustle” is upon us and since the shops have been, once again, stocking (no pun intended) for Christmas since September, you could easily have become sick and tired of the notion of it already. You are by no means alone. Christmas doesn’t feel as magical as it used to and there is so much more stress and expectation that surrounds it these days in general, but doubly for us “Spoonies”.


Thursday 28 October 2021

There is a quote I’ve been familiar with many times throughout my life: “You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” Over the last twenty months, almost two years, I don’t think this quote has been used more or could ring truer. Even now, as we start to see a bit more freedom and start to acclimatise ourselves to life again, for many of us the effects of COVID-19 still linger and we still need to keep finding new strength.


Sunday 29 August 2021

Since childhood, I have been an avid reader and lover of books. I loved that I could be taken into other worlds, I could feel and share other people’s stories over and over again. I passed many hours with a book in my hands and never regretted it.


Saturday 03 July 2021

In last month’s blog post, I brought up the prevalence of mental health, and chronic illness in general, as May was Mental Health Awareness Month. As June has been Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month, for this month’s post I would like to delve a little further into this subject and bring much needed recognition to how important it is for men to speak out about their emotions and mental health, especially when it comes to adding in chronic illness.


Tuesday 01 June 2021

As well as ‘M.E. Awareness Month’, May was also ‘Mental Health Month’. Living with a chronic illness increases your chances of living with a mental health problem as it takes a toll on all aspects of your life in a myriad of different ways. From social adaptions, losing relationships, the feelings of guilt for not being able to do what you once did, grieving the life you thought you were going to have, to dealing with the overwhelming pain and symptoms each day. It is easy to build resentment and to feel a deep sadness for the future, especially on the days where things just seem hopeless.


Saturday 01 May 2021

The month of May is Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases Awareness Month, with May 12th more specifically being M.E. Awareness Day. May 12th 2021 will mark the 29th anniversary of M.E. Awareness Day.


Thursday 01 April 2021

This is a very special and important post this month; not only is it coming up to six years since Louise kindly brought me on board to be the M.E. Support Ambassador, but it is also an amazing milestone for Louise and all involved in M.E. Support as it turns 20 years old. To start with, I’d like to take it back to basics with a little introduction on who I am and the story behind M.E. Support.


Friday 26 February 2021

I have always been a very creative person and when I was diagnosed I felt like that too was going to be taken away from me. I couldn’t work as well with my fingers and hands so crochet, knitting and cross-stitch were very difficult for me and the love I had for painting and drawing diminished because I just felt like I couldn’t give it the same energy any more. I have realised over the years though, that writing and photography are where my creativity now sits best and they also appeal to the sentimental side of my personality.


Friday 29 January 2021

The first month of 2021 has almost come and gone, and for some of us, it’s been a case of just getting through each day. Some of us have set big goals from the start and most of us are feeling pretty sluggish and overwhelmed. We all have our own ideas of what will make us feel better in these times, our own versions of self-care to build up some resilience. For me, self-care is making sure I take time to love myself and do things that I love, that speak to my soul, taking care of mind and body as best as I can and in the way I feel is right for me. January has always been synonymous with change for many and one change that is now becoming more popular is “Veganuary” – trying to change your lifestyle and see what veganism can offer you for the month of January.



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