Moving home

Well I tried. That’s all any of us can do. really hoped it would work out but being in assisted living made the seizures much worse. It culminated in trying new medications which caused a reaction and a bad fall which set off a series of seizures. And then more seizures a few days later. In fact, over 33 since I left my cabin on Galiano, and that’s 3-4 times as many as before.

Just got the X-rays back. Turns out I’ve got a compression fracture from the fall. Yay!

Anyways, I’m grateful for the opportunity to try assisted living. If I were able to be more social and manage more stimulation, it would be perfect. It’s a great facility on beautiful grounds, and the staff are lovely. It’s just not ideal for someone with severe M.E. or a seizure disorder.

I’m glad I tried because otherwise I’d never know but sure am glad to be home.

Happy Holidays One and All! ❤️

Don’t give up!

An emotional weekend – received news late Friday evening that my appeal to Vancouver Island Health Authourity for Assisted Living has been approved! Yay! Can’t quite believe it!

So, one step closer, and now on the waiting list, until a suitable place becomes available…With 3800 new beds needed on Vancouver island alone, it might be a long wait.

I am really grateful to Island Health for being prepared to review my case with fresh eyes. And most of all, I’m grateful that it means my future feels a little more secure, and safer than it did, knowing I will be in supported, subsidized housing.It means I can retain independence, and dignity, and still live an authentic life as me, with my ME!

I’m very privileged to have this opportunity, and I know it. My background in communications was of help but it was never just about my situation, I was advocating for others with MEcfs.

This process has lit a bit of a fire in my belly around the issues of accessing basic health, social and housing supports, for people with MEcfs, so I’m going to keep advocating for people with ME and other Chronic Illnesses.Please, if you live in Canada and particularly BC, and have ME or other Chronic Illnesses and are having similar issues, being denied access to appropriate healthcare, social supports and housing, get in touch.

I’d like to hear your story.I have to say huge thank out to my case manager Andrea, and also thanks to Elizabeth Sanchez of ME/FM Society of BC, MillionsMissingCanada, Dr Mohamed Gheis for their help and support and also huge thanks to Adam van der Zwan at CBC for doing such a stellar job on that news story

CBC News

The CBC kindly ran a piece on my situation yesterday. It ran on CBC Radio Victoria and also online.https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/severely-ill-galiano-island-woman-turned-away-from-assisted-living-due-to-unscheduled-care-needs-1.5204759

Special thanks to Adam van der Zwan for all his efforts and hard work on the story and to ME/FM Society of BC, and Dr Mohamed Gheis for their contributions.. hopefully this will help others struggling to find accessible housing and appropriate treatment for their ME or other Chronic illness – don’t give up. Keep fighting!#pwME, #MyalgicE #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis

Did you have a Happy Canada Day – What about M.E.?

Took this video last Friday, just before the Canada Day long weekend, which I spent mostly in bed, recovering from another serious episode.

Watch my video to find out more about myself and the 600,000 Canadians living with the devastating illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

I’m asking specifically about lack of affordable, accessible housing and lack of appropriate care for people with #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis.