I have many positive childhood memories, especially my dad taking me to a local bird aviary on a regular basis - as I really loved birds!! I also used to really enjoy dog showing and teaching my dog to do tricks. I even did dog dancing performances with my sheltie when I was around 11-12 years old! Haha. … I admit that I've been feeling frustrated for the last three weeks, as I caught a virus and have been very unwell - much more than usual. Viruses are difficult to deal with because when I already have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, they seem to tip me over the edge so I feel really down and depressed in those times. I've started to improve today, so I went for a walk outside for the first time in over three weeks… and I felt overjoyed! I stood there in the sunshine and the breeze, and just lifted up my arms to feel the wind as it gave me such a sense of freedom. I don't like being housebound so much!! Argh! It feels like a slow, plodding journey but I'm really trying to persevere and not give up. It's difficult because I realised recently that I've had the CFS for about a year now… and honestly I didn't realise it would take this long or be this hard. I thought I would recover in a few months. Now I want to keep a long term view of the situation, rather than expecting a sudden, overnight recovery.