Hello, how are you?

I am well thanks, Hold on…not really. As we wind down to the end of the academic year in the UK, everyone around me is getting excited about beach holidays,camping holidays and staycations.

I am not looking forward to it.You see,I live with fibromyalgia. It is a condition characterized by over 60 symptoms of which the most distinguishing is chronic pain and fatigue. Depression, Anxiety, Ezcema, Irritable bowel syndrome (Yes, that’s why I go to your toilet every time I visit) are amongst my other symptoms.

But I also have SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder) which affects most sufferers in the winter when the days are shorter and there is Christmas family stress to deal with and there is less sunlight.

BUT… I have Summer SAD….

“Summer SAD?” I hear you ask.

Yes indeed. Summer SAD does exist. My GP says it’s because I am oversensitive to heat and light, the days are longer, barbeque and beach (mixed in with family) stress and there’s too much intense sunlight and you are supposed to be happy because you have long, hot , lazy summer days stretching ahead of you.

On top of all of that, I struggle when I am out of my routine. I love my teaching job. So I miss it a lot over the break. As I sleep a little bit more each day and get up later and later, the black dog (depression) starts to nip at my heels.

“Stay as much as possible in a routine.. get up the same time…” I hear you reply.

Above all else, I have Fibromyalgia… chronic pain and fatigue. I am exhausted this time of the year. I sleep 10 hours and wake up tired. My batteries need recharging. But as I recharge, the black dog continues to nip.


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