For a large part of the past three decades, Wendy Mathews has been in bed, and continuously for eight years.

“I don’t really get out of it, I’m here 24/7.”

She has myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), a neuro-inflammatory disease that causes profound fatigue unaffected by rest.

But while Wendy is bed-ridden, she isn’t idle.

“Everything I have or need to do, I have to do here in bed.”

In 2017, Wendy created a charity called Rest Assured. It offers food deliveries, support, and comfort to those stuck at home with ME, chronic fatigue syndrome, or fibromyalgia.

“I love doing it, it gives me purpose,” she said.

While Wendy organises a large team, her husband Peter does the “drudgery stuff’, like shopping and meals.

Once a pilot, he has perfected the one dish Wendy can keep down – lamb chops, three times daily.

“Chops is about the only thing with food intolerance that Wendy can cope with,” said Peter.

He also keeps an eye on their other housemate, their daughter Sophie who also has ME.

“She’s had ME since she was 14 and she’s now 35. I always felt more sad for her.”

Wendy refuses to dwell on what she’s lost, rather focus on what she has.

“The gift I have is time, and a lot of people don’t have time. It just makes me feel so alive, I love it.”

Watch this week’s Good Sorts play out in the heartwarming video above.

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