Thanks 3rd Rock... Yes saw that.... I am fairly active in the ME world now so don't miss much - good or bad - written about ME.
As for recovery? Well I'm taking each day as it comes. When I was first ill I was constantly grieving for my old energetic life, and hugely frustrated that I could no longer function.... but to be honest that is not a good way to live.
Of course I have the odd wee weep over things sometimes, but mostly it I find it is easier to be happy if I let go of all that... I am finding new ways to take pleasure in new things.... Online support from others is a huge bonus.
Anyway, small-holding here is still a beautiful place. Our woodland is now well grown up, the fruit trees & bushes I planted years ago are all now fruiting despite the neglect... even the grapevine has survived 3 years total neglect in the greenhouse to produce loads of eating quality grapes, and enough left over for wine-making!
We took out another grant to put more of our land into trees last year, and we have also loaned our paddock to the local Dog Agility club for training... I love this as I now have a collie who I've been training since a pup to run - with me on mobility scooter... he isn't officially an assistance dog, but he sure helps my sanity and is my constant companion.....
I am fortunate to have amazing family who support me and who work out ways to make things happen in a way so that I can still participate.... and financially we are okay... there are many who get ill, who find themselves in a much more scary world than mine....