Virginia was a lady I met whilst still working within the NHS. When I first met her she was anxious, tearful, had extremely low self esteem and was struggling to cope with daily life. Even making a cup of tea could be too much for her most days. Her life had been taken over by the fatigue and pain she experienced constantly, but was further impacted by recurrent infections, insomnia, reduced mobility and increasingly poor concentration and memory. As a woman who was intelligent and had been extremely independent, these symptoms were devastating. I worked with Virginia almost daily for two weeks (as she was staying on the rehab unit). On leaving, Virginia had regained some of her confidence, was sleeping better and had much reduced anxiety. She had an energy of optimism about her and left the unit with hope for a brighter future and the belief that she could recover.
I continued to work with Virginia at home over the next few months and watched her grow - returning to activity, daily dog walks and independent outings in the local community.
"I began my therapeutic journey in October 2015.
I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in 2009. I had been experiencing a range of the symptoms associated with this condition for some time. My mobility, cognition, and general health and well being were seriously compromised by these symptoms. An indescribable fatigue and recurrent crippling migraines were a constant problem. The migraines occurred up to 5 or 6 times a week and rendered me unable to function.
I had received 6 cycles of Rituximab chemotherapy taking place annually beginning in 2009...
I would say when telling professionals and concerned acquaintances that 'lupus had exiled me from my life, robbing me of a career that I loved and controlling my interactions with family and friends'. Lindsey and the therapy helped me gradually gain back control and start to enjoy life again...
My symptoms are much improved. I do still have some migraines and joint and muscle pain. However not to the point of taking over my life. The fatigue which blighted every part of my day is under control. I know how to pace myself and build in rest periods.
My rheumatologist is really positive about my improvement. My chemo has been suspended and I am on a much milder daily medication.
The strategies Lindsey has taught me I believe that I will always use. A year on, I can only thank Lindsey for guiding my journey to recovery."