Navigating adolescent CFS

About me July 10, 2011

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I am the mother of two beautiful kids, a 13 year old girl and an 11 year old boy, and married to Andrew, a consulting engineer who is out of town 3 to 4 days each week. I used to teach Japanese and now teach ESL, although I am temporarily at home in Melbourne with my gorgeous girl as she wends her way along the difficult path of CFIDS.

I love my kids, my husband, teaching, travelling, warm weather, swimming, seeing movies, reading and writing so my favourite time is when I’m having a great meal (on a warm day overseas next to a pool!) and interesting conversation (about books, movies, teaching..!) with people I love, be they family or friends.


6 Responses to “About me”

  1. Jo Says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am so grateful to have found your blog. My 17-year-old daughter was diagnosed with CFS about 6 weeks ago, following a year-long battle with mono. I haven’t read all your posts but loved the one about “a pretty normal teenage exchange”. I am so happy for those brief, but unfortunately rare, moments when I see sparks of my daughter’s “old” self. Even her tantrums are welcome as they mean she has enough energy and concentration to react strongly with something other than desperation. This is such a difficult road, not just for my daughter but for the whole family. It means a lot to find others in similar circumstances. Thanks for taking the time to write the blog.

    • Annie Says:

      You are SO very welcome Jo and I’m so glad you found me because I can put you in touch with a whole lot more support. There is a link on my blog to Sue Jackson’s Learning to Live With CFS blog which has tons of information on it. Also, about a week ago, Sue set up a closed group on Facebook for parents of CFS/ME and I have met a whole lot of great people there – it’s proving a great. great support and I think you’d find the same. Only trouble is it’s very addictive – but worth it as this can be so isolating. If you message Sue she’ll ‘let you in’. Also Sue and many others are in the States which I’m guessing from you saying ‘Mono’ (we here in Australia call it Glandular Fever) is where you are so you may find some local support. (Hope you still keep visiting me though!) I really am so glad you found me as this is exactly why I started writing. … and also as a survival mechanism for myself! Big hugs to you as I’m sure you need it like we all do!

  2. Sue Grubman Says:

    Hi Thank you for responding in cfids acrticle, I look forward to reading your blog. Need to run now but wanted to thank you and let you know I got your response.

  3. Vicky Says:

    Hi Annie! Thank you for connecting! I truly hope everything works out well for you and your lovely family! x

    • parentingcfs Says:

      Thanks for dropping by Vicky. I can’t wait to try the lemon and blueberry cake…just need to do a few other things before I make it! Best of luck with your journey too.

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