Welcome! This is just a little introduction about me and the box. So let's get the uncomfortable bit over with first. I'm Merida, I am 37, a wife, mum and full time undergraduate (studying History) in Leeds, UK.
I grew up in a little tiny town called Sandy, in Bedfordshire, then lived for a time in Essex. I moved up north in 2011. Until then I led a relatively normal life, working full time at a job I loved and had tons of friends plus hobbies. After a 12-hour shift for the East of England Ambulance Service, I would finish my day with a relaxing 2 hour ice-skate. I stayed up late, every night, worked long hours and overtime without any issues and went out with my mates to pubs clubs and theme parks. Life was good….
I remember developing chronic fatigue around 1995 after being diagnosed with PTSD, I was only 13 so I just carried on as any teenager would (and the lie-ins were just what I thought was normal for my age). I then started to miss school and my straights A's turned into D's (hence being back at university now). I felt (and still feel) very misunderstood and alone.
The pain gradually increased after moving to Yorkshire and I developed Vitamin D deficiency. Depression settled in after losing close contact with my friends. It didn't help that the ambulance service has left me with severe health anxiety.
The term Fibromyalgia started appearing on my medical files in 2012, and opioids were frequently in my regular meds, this has built up to Oral Morphine, which I am trying my hardest to wean myself off, although there is nothing else that works personally for me or my Restless Leg Syndrome. I also have the following conditions:
* Heart Disease
* Biliary Dyskinesia
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Anxiety / Depression / Self-Doubt
* Panic Episodes
* Health Paranoia (post-ambulance service)
* Hiatus Hernia
* … I could go on.
My two year old daughter is both my driving force & my reason to live. To her, I'm just 'mummy'. I constantly tell her that despite obstacles, or how much pain mummy is in, that dreams are possible. No matter what gender, age or where you live. We are all capable of choosing our own path, challenging common misconceptions of someone with a chronic condition.
Now is the time to make people know the truth: that we aren't just benefit scroungers or opioid addicts, on the contrary we want to lead a fulfilling life just as anyone else does.
I hope that you will join me on the social media platforms to connect with other subscribers and disability advocates. United, we will make a change.
I was chatting with a friend (who has Cystic Fibrosis) and all l wanted to make her feel special and loved, That really is the whole ethos behind the MeriBee Me box. I want all my subscribers to feel like they are not alone.
Each box will be themed differently and will contain 4-6 items, including a craft or activity. Each box has a RRP between £45-£60 and I ship worldwide.