Channel swimmer Beth French on jellyfish, living with ME and her autistic son

Beth French calls herself the "proverbial water baby".

Water was her refuge as a child, the only way of making the pain of her ME disappear. A bucket, a stream, a river or the sea, it didn't matter - so long as there was water.

As a teenager, French felt her body had failed her after being diagnosed with the condition, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Yet in the 20-plus years since, it's proven anything but a let down. It's fitting that being in water is the very reason for that.


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