Read how Sue was able to manage her pain and fatigue following a PPSS 'Living Well' Group
"When I was first asked if I’d like to join a group on a course 'Living Well' I felt really unsure, but said I would go along to it to see what it was like.
When it came to the first day of the course, I felt very apprehensive and nervous, but told myself: “It is better to try it and not like it, than not try it at all, and possibly miss out on something good.” Also, I knew that if I didn't like it I could leave.
Well, all I can say is that the course was one of the best things I ever did. The people running the group were very approachable, laid-back, had a great sense of humour (which in my opinion is very important). They were non-regimental and made everyone feel very relaxed and welcome - an approach that stayed throughout the course.
Mixing with other people with the same or similar problems was fantastic, because it made me realise that I wasn't alone in life. It made me feel sane. I wasn't being judged, I was accepted and this made me feel normal. The other people in the group knew what I was talking about and could relate to what I was saying. I also learnt a lot about my illness and how to cope with it – all in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The list goes on. But to say it was a group I really looked forward to going to each session speaks volumes not only for the tutors and group members but also the atmosphere and content of the sessions.
The initial nerves and apprehension are a normal feeling going into the unknown, so my advice to anyone being offered the chance to attend a group is: go along to it, and give it a try. It could be one of the best decisions you'll ever make."