I was going to talk about somethings to do over Summer today but I’ll do that next week. Last night Emma Blackery posted a video about finally being diagnosed with CFS. If you don’t know who she is, Emma makes YouTube videos and has nearly 1 million subscribers.
I’ve been subscribed for a while and I’m not someone who watches everyones videos who I’m subscribed to as soon as they upload, its like a form of entertainment and something I can do when I can’t sleep. I was scrolling through and Emma’s video popped up in my subscriptions and had been uploaded only minutes ago. I saw the thumbnail with ‘CFS’ in it and then the title ‘I Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’. I know that more than 250,000 in the UK have CFS but I was shocked to see the video.
Before reading this post I suggest you watch the video to know what I’m talking about.
I think Emma is one of very few people that have made YouTube videos about CFS that just gets it right. I love how she comes across and well she explains CFS, its not boring like most people and even though the video is over 20 minutes long it didn’t feel it. I’ve found over the past 4 years not one video that really kept me listening about CFS or Fibromyalgia and thats why I wanted to make my own but because of how tired I am, still haven’t made one. If even I, someone who has the illness can’t stay tuned then what hope is it to keep people who don't have it engaged.
Even though Emma explains that she was only just diagnosed that day she tells her story and gives information about CFS really well. She explains her struggles with the doctors and how getting them to take her seriously and diagnose her has taken 6 years. Whilst recording she goes on to say how she wouldn’t normally make a video that day because her symptoms are bad and would just write the day off but I’m glad she made it even though she wasn’t feeling great. It showed some of the symptoms like how tired she was and brain fog or losing her train of thought.
I’m not glad Emma has CFS but I’m glad she has this big number of subscribers that’ll watch this and it’ll help spread awareness of this horrible, horrible syndrome. I’m not gonna ramble on because you might as well just watch the video. Please watch it though, i think it explains CFS pretty well compared to others.
Just watch it!
Let me know what you think of it.
Take care and I’ll see you soon!