My journey

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.

I'm also an avid photographer and am available for fashion and portrait shoots. Please visit my Facebook or Instagram pages to view a portfolio of my work - you can contact me on there or via my email: ali.hemsley@hotmail.com