My M.E. first started at the end of January 2006. I did not know what was wrong with me and nor did anyone else, so I would try to carry on doing the things I used to do, while all the time gradually tiring myself out until I couldn’t do anything at all. In the end I went home early from school, where I am a boarder, and thought that of course I would be better by the summer. I wasn’t, and every time I thought I’d be better by a point and I wasn’t, I would feel even more frustrated that I couldn’t be up and doing the things I used to do. I tried homeopaths and nutritionists, and I completely lost my appetite and was losing weight fast. The methods I tried to get better helped in the short term, but gave no long lasting effect. In the end, I ended up missing all my GCSEs, which was a stressful realisation in itself, and I missed the whole of the summer term and couldn’t go on holiday in the summer and just stayed at home. Everything seemed like a big deal, even going in the car for ten minutes, and I was too scared to even go away from home. This greatly affected my confidence, as I knew I wanted to do so many things, but couldn’t do them.
I did the Lightning Process at the end of September, and I can’t emphasise just how brilliant it is. After the first day I went shopping in London, something I hadn’t done for months and months, and after the second day I did yet more shopping! meant being on my feet all day, and I was absolutely fine. After going home, I could go back to school and do the things that I enjoyed doing again as well as taking up new things and learn to love being at school again with all my friends. Since doing the Lightning Process, I have been to Washington D.C. on a school trip in half term, danced in our school production of ‘The Boyfriend’ and gone to Australia for Christmas with my family which was amazing.
None of this would be possible without the Lightning Process, and I can’t thank Phil and Claire enough for helping me to learn how to help myself to become the person I want to be, and helping me to realise that I can help myself and by doing so give me so many opportunities I would not have thought possible a few months ago. It taught to me how much I can do and how to get out of the hole I was in, and I wouldn’t exchange doing it for anything.
Sorry it took such a long time to write this but I really wanted to send you some photos of me from Australia and we only just got back! I have been having a fantastic time. Washington in October was so much fun, although I was rather scared of going before I went, but when I got there I had the best time ever! We went to loads of museums, round Arlington Cemetery, to numerous battlefields, memorials and of course shops! We went out to dinner every night and were out ’til about midnight every night! When we first arrived because of the plane journey I was awake for a full 24 hours! I have also done the production of ‘The Boyfriend’ at school. Me and a friend were asked to dance a Tango, so I, being the taller of the two, had to be the man! We choreographed the whole thing ourselves and did the play for 3 nights. It was so much fun, sometimes I couldn’t believe that I was actually dancing again!
Australia was absolutely fantastic. We left on the 11th of Dec and got back on the 30th. We did so much stuff, sightseeing, swimming, boarding, and we climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge! We went to Sydney, Canberra and other
smaller places. It was such a nice change from the cold and the wet of here!
It’s amazing how much I’ve done since the Lightning Process, and I’ve actually travelled more than I ever have before in those first three months after I did it! Thank you so much for enabling me to do so much.
Well, I’m back to school on the 6th, so not much left of the holidays. Exams in the first week, but they should be fine! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and send my regards and
thanks to Phil.
Love from Annabel x.