Episode 049: Jeff McCarthy on running with Lyme disease and chronic illness
Episode Notes How do you continue to exercise and be physically active in life when you have a chronic disease? Award-winning blogger Jeff McCarthy has had Lyme disease and the effects continue to cause him problems. We discuss how he still manages to run and race regularly while managing a chronic disease and serious challenges with fatigue. If you are have any kind of chronic illness then his advice will be welcome and it's good commonsense stuff for anybody, with or without problems. Jeff also talks very openly and honestly about the challenges he has experienced with his mental health. Jeff tells us about his journey with Lyme disease and how he had cyclical problems with fatigue and other symptoms. His body crashed in mid-2013 and he lost a lot of weight and was bedridden. He had treatment intermittently for a couple of years before he sought treatment in Brussels from a specialist. Since 2015 he has improved significantly and he has not needed any medication for the past year. The effects still linger and he describes it as "permanently running with flu" but Jeff has become an expert on his own condition and managing it day-to-day. Jeff McCarthy runs the successful blog runeatrepeat.co.uk. Links Run Eat Repeat website Twitter: @runeatrepeatuk Lost Connections by Johann Hari Podcast Promotion I've moved away from most social media but I realise it is still an important part of many people's lives. If you want to share an episode or more on Twitter, Facebook etc then I'd be thrilled. Even better, why not mention it to a colleague, friend, or family when you next speak to them. In fact, why not give them a call and meet up anyway? All the evidence suggests you'll be healthier and benefit. And, if you can and it's relevant, thanks for mentioning the podcast to them. If you got something out of this episode then please mosey on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave a rating, a review and you can subscribe there too! Other ways to subscribe to Blokeology Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe on Android You can also subscribe via Stitcher Sign up for the Journal of Blokeology newsletter It's my fortnightly newsletter that shares some cool evidence-based health, fitness, and lifestyle advice. It comes out every other Tuesday and I share some tips and thoughts. Head over to www.blokeology.io/journal to do that. Feedback I would love to hear from you and your own experiences. Best bet is to email: blokeology AT gmail.com.