I'm Gary. I am fifty one years of age for the next month and a half. I'm married to the beautiful Lesley and have been for the past twenty four years. Together we have one child - our gorgeous Daughter, Emily, who is fourteen.
Ours is a relatively happy, normal life. Lesley and I both work, part time, in retail. Emily is a student. We share a two bedroomed semi detached house in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, UK. We have three cats - two moody she-cats and a frustrated tom!
We are all disabled in some way.
Lesley suffers with M.E / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Emily has O.C.D (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) around germs, and I have Fibromyalgia and Crohn's Disease.
Needless to say, our ailments command a great deal of our time and impact our lives in some spectacularly alarming ways - on a daily basis! But we both work - albeit part time. Emily has to be tutored at home.
This blog is intended to be a record of how my ailments affect and impact my life, but I can't write about my life with fibromyalgia without referencing the impact it also has on my family and their ailments. What a bunch we are! We are a family though, and family supports each other when times get difficult - as they often do - and, in the main, we are happy with our lot. We share a wicked and juvenile sense of humour, Emily and I love to watch comedy shows on TV, and we all love cosy nights in!
That's as much as I can muster for tonight. I'll write more tomorrow....
I've had fibromyalgia for most of my life - diagnosed in 2003 - developed crohn's disease in 2007. I operate a website for men affected by fibromyalgia: www.fibromen.org - pay us a visit to learn more.