I wanted to share this with you all, as you've all been so friendly and supportive during this last relapse of M.E./CFS which happened in April 2000. As some of you may know, I was half way through my MSc in international development when I fell ill. Fortunately I'd completed the taught part and just (!) had three 3,500 word essays and one 10,000 word disseration to write. I persuaded my university to let me continue my studies (rather than suspend and resume when I'm recovered). Only this year have I been able to start studying meaningfully again, doing up to 6 hours per week, trying to make some progress when the physical fatigue and the cognitive dysfunction allows. Well, today I finished my 'foreign policy of developing states' essay. It's taken me 7 months to do the research and write the 3,500 words, but I've finally done it.This is a huge thing for me as my studies really define who I am - my identity and my life choices - and I'm absolutely determined to get this degree. It feels so good to complete the first essay I've done in 3 1/2 years. My tutor's going to die of shock and disbelief when it lands on his desk next week! Only someone with M.E./CFS could possibly celebrate this by spending the next week sleeping and staying home!!Then I'll start on the next essay... groan!!