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.

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8 responses to A personal note: CFS

  1. sharonsant said:

    This news makes your achievements all the more inspiring. You have every right to be proud.

  2. A wonderful and inspiring post. I understand some of how it feels. Wishing you all the best with Tethers Jack.

  3. Jack Croxall said:

    Thanks so much guys, I really do appreciate it. 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this post, and that’s so generous of you to donate future royalties to M.E research! Fingers crossed we get that cure one day. It’s really inspiring to see somebody who has managed to make a success of themselves despite the illness so I’m really pleased to have discovered your story as I continue with my recovery. Thank you again!

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  6. bookangel2 said:

    Hi Jack. I’ve just read about your encounter with M.E. One of my daughters became ill when she was 10 and missed out on virtually all of her secondary eduaction. One of the things that kept us going during these difficult years was our mutual love of reading! Unfortunately, she missed out on gaining qualifications, but now, in her early 30s, she succeeded in gaining English and Maths GCSE. I hadn’t realised when I bought “Tethers” a while ago that you were donating to M.E. research – wonderful! Well done for what you have achieved; I do hope that this horrible illness leaves you alone now.

    • Jack Croxall said:

      Aww, that’s great to hear – I’m so glad she’s doing better! People like your daughter are a real inspiration, do send her my well-wishes and congratulations on her recent achievements 😀 x

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