I Changed Career In My Fifties… And Was Struck Down By ME


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By Victoria Lambert in The Telegraph.


When Jude Adams was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), her illness could not have come at a more frustrating time.

After years of nursing a secret passion for singing, Jude, a former fitness industry professional, had begun to take lessons, performing in public for the first time at her own 50th birthday. But within 12 months, she found herself tethered to the typical myriad frustrating symptoms that accompany ME (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome): principally persistent tiredness, but also muscle aches/flu like symptoms, insomnia and stomach problems.

Yet six years on from the onset of illness, Jude has not only recovered much of her strength and vitality, but also recorded her first album.

“I am 57,” says Jude, “and I’ve done this almost because of my health issues. I may not have made my album if I hadn’t had ME.”


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