SUPER Samantha McInnes aims to raise the spirits of ME sufferers after being diagnosed with the debilitating condition.
Samantha, from Moodiesburn, developed ME after suffering from a virus three years ago, but was only diagnosed with the condition, which causes symptoms including exhaustion, muscle weakness and headaches, last summer.
The retail manager has experienced several relapses since being diagnosed and earlier this year temporarily lost the use of her legs.
But she is determined not to let the condition beat her and has launched her own blog to give hope and encouragement to others suffering from the condition.
She said: “A lot of people with ME say they can’t do things, but they can, you just have to fit the condition into your life and not fight it. When I was diagnosed it was like going through the grieving process.
“It’s had a big effect on me, I used to work five days a week, party and run and I never felt as tired as I do now.
“It has had an impact on my work and my social life. Also, I have to stay with my mum, because I need someone to look after me, but I think in the long run the trials and tribulations make you a better person.”
Samantha has now launched a blog about how she copes with ME.
She added: “I started the blog because I couldn’t find anything online I could relate to which lifted my spirits.
“I hope it gives people a better understanding of ME and gives people with the condition a bit of hope and shows them they’re not alone.”
To check out Samantha’s blog visit www.samandme.org