I always find “about me” sections a little bit awkward. But, I suppose there are a few things about me that need explaining for this blog to make sense.
My name is Candice, I was born in Durban, South Africa but currently live in the North East of England – and everybody says my name wrong.
When I was 13-years-old I went for a full blood work up, and had no idea some of my blood had been sent to the Cambridge Metabolic Clinic. They attempted to contact me for a number of years, but as we moved house several times it was fairly difficult. One month before my 19th birthday, they FINALLY tracked me down through my GP. After sending further DNA samples, I was then diagnosed with the MC4r gene mutation.
It was a very emotional experience for me and so far have never met another person with the condition, but have spoken to an elderly lady who said her granddaughter had it.
Other things about me that might come up, I’ve suffered with Chronic Headaches and Migraines since I was 11, and I am under the care of a neurologist.
When I was 22, I became intolerant to dairy products – this was around the time I was studying for my exams at University. So when I mentioned food on this blog it will focus on dairy-free or vegan products as that’s how I’ve had to adjust, but I do eat meat.
Finally, last year (2019) I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia – this diagnosis hit me pretty hard. I’m in my early 20s and it’s been very debilitating. I use to be very active, exercising two hours a day and now I can barely manage half a hour, it kills me walking the dogs around the block and psychologically knowing what I was capable of and what I’m not capable of just shatters me (especially as someone who has to watch their weight).
That’s everything you need to know about me! Thanks for reading.