I became unwell in December 2005. I gave up alcohol and art and academia in that order, and now I am a lot happier than I was then but I am still not well.

I have some weird undiagnosable chronic disorder of the immune system which means I often feel like I have or am about to get a cold or flu, aches and pains in the joints, tinnitus, hyperacusis (hypersensitivity to noise), raised temperature, swollen glands, headaches and extreme fatigue. It was initially diagnosed as lupus but then the specialist decided further tests were inconclusive and I probably’ don’t have lupus. There are just’ flare ups. The treatment’ is ibuprofen.

It is not interesting. I am more or less functional most of the time, if I have to be.