During June of 2005, my first symptom emerged, which was coughing up mucus. This remained an isolated symptom until I began feeling increasingly tired during September 2005. I experienced reoccurring tonsillitis from December 2005 to January 2006, which resulted in a tonsillectomy. Severe headaches then became prevalent in April 2006. I was diagnosed with ‘CFS’ in July 2006 and with ‘severe CFS’ in August 2008. Since the onset of CFS in June 2005, my health has steadily declined, almost uniformly. I now spend 23 hours a day in bed and really struggle to leave my home for 5minutes. Prior to my illness I was an elite middle and long distance runner, was almost 18 and was about to study astrophysics at university.