Sally Cox Climbing Halls Gap

The Climb out of ME/CFS

The Climb, out of ME/CFS 

I’ve mentioned before that I love the poetry in great songs , particularly those from gutsy women like Miley Cyrus.  They give me inspiration and direction when I’m doubting myself or my dreams. I don’t pretend to understand the intent of the lyrics, but powerful songs support me when things get tough. And support is what I've needed in buckets! If Miley only knew how much I've leant on her during my climb out of ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and while establishing Coppered® signature ME/CFS jewellery.  

At times I have sensed that those dearest to me, wondered if I was doing the right thing for me with Coppered®. Would I overburden myself? Was I spending too much time trying to fix the unfixable? But Miley's song the Climb, has helped me keep the faith* (full credit to Jessi Leigh Alexander / Jon Clifton Mabe )

“I can almost see it, that dream I'm dreaming, but there's a voice inside my head saying, you'll never reach it”.

Some of you may be thinking the opening lines to the Climb talks of giving up, but when I stay with Miley for her whole song, I feel fully charged and ready to climb the mountain of the day.

Surviving the Climb

As someone with lived experience of ME/CFS, I know that the simple things can be hard. There are days when I feel busted and other days when I feel more energised. The energised days are slightly dangerous, because they tempt me into overdoing it.  When I do this, I inevitably pace the price with a flare. 

When I began creating Coppered®, I made a promise that I wouldn’t physically or mentally implode myself trying to get there. If I want to see my goal for Coppered® come to fruition, I need to pace myself.

For many of us living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, pacing can be a challenge.  We've arrived from full lives where we're used to getting things done and being active. We experience genuine grief when we realise that resting needs to take up large chunks of our days. But rest is vital for surviving our Climbs.

To paraphrase Miley, it isn't about how fast we get there, or even what's waiting on the other side, it's about surviving the climb.  

I slowed down when building Coppered®

Those who know me well, often hear me saying that I want to get things done yesterday, but to get Coppered® established, I've had to slow down.  I’ve been brave enough to pause when I’ve needed to and rework things that have bugged me.

This change in pace has inadvertently bought me the gift of time and provided wonderful opportunities to establish incredible connections in the ME/CFS community. I hope to collaborate with Open Medicine Foundation, and also look forward to supporting Cort Johnson of Health Rising, who's blogs I have valued during my ME/CFS journey.

It’s taken me two years to build Coppered® and to get the website live www.coppered.nz
My goal through Coppered® ME/CFS Signature Jellewery, is to fundraise for critical ME/CFS research, so that we can help solve our illness. 100% of company profits will be donated to research.

I hope you like my concept and aspirations. I'd love for you to join 'my Climb'.
If you're someone who suffers from ME/CFS or you care for someone who does, please consider buying your favourite piece of coppered jewellery. You can see the full range here

BTW, that's me in the picture with the blue backpack. I'm climbing a mountain in Halls Gap, Australia May 2024.

I wish you all the best with whatever climb your on.

Sally Cox | Founder Coppered Company

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