In July 2011, shortly after my 17th birthday and AS level exams, I started to struggle with joint pain and extreme tiredness. I woke up every morning feeling like I'd run a marathon the day before! After six months, I was diagnosed with M.E and Fibromyalgia - more commonly known as chronic fatigue and chronic joint pain. At this point, I struggled to walk without an aid and became predominantly housebound for the following six months whilst I completed the second year of my A-Levels.
Despite illness, I managed to achieve the grades I needed to attend the University of Surrey to study BSc Economics. Due to a weakened immune system, the next few years were struggle as I suffered from glandular fever, lung infections, heart palpitations and infections, stomach ulcers and more... I battled mental health problems too, and unfortunately did not receive the support I needed from my University. Because of this, I'm now a Time to Change Champion - and am working to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health problems.
After years of various medications; mad diets where I had to cut out gluten, sugar, sweeteners and alcohol (not a fun few months); buying a puppy and even acupuncture sessions, I'm now in a place where I have more control over managing the symptoms of my illnesses.
After graduating, I decided to pursue a career in the fitness industry. I'm currently working towards the relevant qualifications to specialise in obesity and diabetes prevention - particularly in children. Exercise has become such an important part of my life and I'm so thankful that I'm now able to share my experiences with others. I see exercise as a privilege, not a chore, and I aim to share this view of fitness using my blog and social media.