1. any heavenly body.
2. a person's destiny, temperament, etc.

Whether you’re reading this because you’re gluten intolerant, suffer from PVFS or CFS, are starting to grow your own veggies, embracing natural and/or alternative remedies, or just want to enjoy the journey with us, please remember I’m not a medical expert, nor am I here to debate global warming. Being diagnosed with a life-changing illness, looking for answers or changing the way one lives can all be overwhelming events, so I hope that by sharing the triumphs and tragedies, you too will benefit in some way from our journey.

I hope you enjoy the journey and if you leave this blog having learnt only one new recipe or started to think about finding your star, then this blog’s purpose has been served.

My two favourite sayings:
Pondering the choices we make at the crossroads is like revision in the school of life. Regretting the mistakes or taking for granted the successes means we have learnt nought.
An attentive student will gain wisdom from the mistakes and joy from the successes. Cartillyer – 2008

'Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.' Mohandas Gandhi

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Diamonds Aren't a Girl's Bestfriend – Her Husband Is!

Mr T and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary this month. Most people think of significantly numbered anniversaries – 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th – as special, but I think every anniversary is unique and special. 

Our eighth was special because I lost the diamond out of my engagement ring.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Our PVFS Three-week Plan

The thought of having post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS) for six months depressed me. I already felt useless as a wife and mother and I struggled to continue with my online studies. I had heard of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), so when I started researching PVFS I soon discovered that PVFS, CFS, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and Fibromyalgia shared similar symptoms. The thing that scared me the most was how long some people had suffered from debilitating fatigue. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Careful What You Wish For!

Yesterday was one of the best Mother’s Days that I’ve ever had. I was surprised because I was expecting a woeful one since I’m still weighed down by severe fatigue and nausea from my latest sinus infection.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Timeline Updated

The timeline has been updated. Please ignore the atrocious spacing and multi-sized, multi-coloured dot points. Blogger is not very obliging when copying text over from elsewhere.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

It Began With a Virus

For anyone who has been diagnosed with post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and refuses to accept the diagnosis, this post is for you.  

I first discovered that something wasn’t right with my body in April 2010 when I fell very ill with a virus. My entire body ached for two weeks – my muscles, my bones, everything from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. I couldn’t stand to be touched. It was like the all-over ache people get with the flu, but a hundred times worse. The only fever was on the first day and I didn’t have any other symptoms, except for extreme fatigue.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

It's Not Our First Date!

Mr T and I have booked a weekend away in Daylesford at the end of May to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. It will be our first night together without the kids since a week before Boywonder was conceived. That’s more than seven years of non-stop parenting!