A personal note: CFS
Thanks to the wonderful people who have purchased Tethers I have been lucky enough to attract some press (print and radio) attention and my interviews will be published and played over the next few days. Now, I wanted to post this blog before they are printed/aired because the interviews will likely cover an aspect of my personal life which, up until now, I have refrained from mentioning on my writing blog.
At the end of 2010 I contracted glandular fever which quickly developed into an illness known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The illness is not yet fully understood but the symptoms include (but are not limited to) extreme exhaustion, muscle pains and severely diminished stamina. My CFS forced me to drop out of the MSc I was studying at the time and, during the subsequent near-housebound two years it took for me to partially recover, I managed to pen Tethers.
I was lucky in that the illness struck me at a time when I could deal with it. My thoughts and well-wishes go out to far less fortunate individuals such as pupils and students who are struck down with the illness during the course of their vital early studies, and parents who are under pressure to provide for families. It is such people who need our support and understanding.
Thank you for reading, and thank you to all the wonderful people who have supported me.