FOR months on end, Katie Willocks was bedridden with severe exhaustion.
She was a student, in the middle of completing her PhD thesis, and had enjoyed an active life – even completing a half marathon.
So it was devastating when she was diagnosed with ME, otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, two years ago.
Without the energy to move from her bed, she relied on partner Stephen Slater to carry her around.
She said: “I hit a crisis point. I was just so exhausted that I went to bed and I just stayed there for the next few months.”
Frustrated, feeling guilty and fed up of feeling sorry for herself, Katie, 28, began researching pilates and looked into the benefits of a raw food diet.
That led to her building back her strength, and Katie is now back at work and set up her own advisory business just before Christmas to help people get out of a situation similar to hers.
Swan Wellbing, based at Katie’s home on Mythop Road, Lytham, aims to help people with simple pilates techniques and diet support.
Katie said: “I want to help people in a situation they think they’re stuck with.”