A high achiever at school, Jessica’s life completely changed at the end of 2005, when she caught a virus that her body just couldn’t get over. She tried to push forward with a ‘stiff upper lip’ but fell into a rapid decline and by May the following year could not get into school anymore.
From a darkened world, bound by four walls, Jessica tells the tale of her battle against the M.E Monster. The severest form of a neuro immune disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis went to war with her at just 15 years old.
From beneath her dark glasses, Jessica glimpses a world far different from the one she remembers as a teenage school girl. This true story follows her path as she ends up living in hospital for years with tubes keeping her alive.
This harrowing story follows the highs and lows of the disease and being hospitalized, captured through her voice activated technology diary called `Bug’ that enables her to fulfill her dream of one day becoming an author. It provides a raw, real-time honesty to the story that would be impossible to capture in hindsight.
The story continues on the Brink of Greatness Podcast…
The Next Leap Forward
In a word, PERSEVERANCE. Jessica fought through the battles, one by one. She set her mind on what could be and then she worked toward those goals. In spite of everything she had experienced in her own life, Jessica wanted to help other people who were struggling. In 2010, while still in the hospital, Jessica founded a charity to help seriously unwell children and young adults by treating them to stars, gifts, balloons and ‘happy boxes’.