July 26th, 09, "A Life In Limbo"

Hello guys and gals

Just a quick word about a broadcast I took part in last week. It’s one in a series called ‘A Life in Limbo’ and it will be broadcast on Wednesday 29th July at 1130am on BBC Radio Scotland. (It will be repeated on Sunday 2nd August 1630).

It is also available via the iPlayer online for 7 days “here”:http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00lqp0p/A_Life_in_Limbo_Episode_8/

The reason I’m flagging this one up to you in particular is that I feel a bit guilty. The producer of the show wanted me to talk about the time I was sick, when I was younger, with M.E., (or post viral fatigue, or chronique fatigue syndrome, whatever you want to call it). Well, I haven’t really talked about it too much in detail, and I do get a lot of mail about it from you… and my response hasn’t been too forthcoming sometimes.

I could have done more, and been better at answering your mail about it. I guess part of the truth is that when you first get over it you want to keep running and get as far away from it all as you possibly can. But enough time has elapsed, and I hope that if you’ve written to me about it, or you read the diary regularly, you might have a listen to me talking about that time.

I guess the interview (though I haven’t heard it back..) only covers the basics, doesn’t really go into the gory details, but it was actually quite fun to think about that time, now that it’s long past, and I hope that any sufferers may take heart from the programme, because I, and the other two main protaonists at the time, Ciara and Michael, all got better.

And the other upside was that it lead absolutely and directly to me writing songs and to the formation of the group (Belle And Sebastian) So it’s not all about doctors and depression!



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