When Jessica Lorimer was diagnosed with ME (and later ADHD and autism) aged 23, she was working over 70 hours a week in a demanding corporate job. Doctors gave her a stark warning: Prioritise your health or end up in a wheelchair by 35. So Lorimer quit her job and began her own business, which has now generated over £1 million.
I have had two major diagnoses in my life, one made me terrified, the other was a relief.
The first came when I was 23. I was struggling with extreme fatigue, joint and nerve pain, and several scary bouts of illness that would leave me bedridden for two weeks at a time, all warning signs of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
At the time, I was working in a demanding sales role and was told by a doctor that if I didn’t start to prioritise my health over work soon, then I would be in a wheelchair and fighting longer bouts of chronic fatigue by the time I was 35.