POTS Jots is a blog about chronic illness written by me, James Frew. I am an experienced journalist with a background in consumer tech.
My route into this career was unconventional. In early 2013, I was working in manufacturing engineering when I suddenly became unwell.
After months of investigations, it was a relief to get a diagnosis of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), a form of dysautonomia.
In the years since, I have learnt how the condition effects me, the signs of an oncoming flare up, and, crucially, how to deal with it.
It hasn't been an easy time, as with each flare up I'm reminded of the ongoing struggle. But there are daily hurdles too.
POTS isn't a well-known condition, and it is often mis-diagnosed. The initial months were overwhelming as no one could pinpoint the cause.
This site is a place for me to share my experience, connect with others, and offer support (even from afar) for anyone going through similar circumstances.
Although POTS Jots is a place to discuss chronic illness, I am not a doctor, and this is not medical guidance.
I couldn't have got to this point without the help of countless medical professionals, nurses, doctors, consultants, and support organisations.
More than anything, I hope the insights, coping mechanisms, and daily challenges I share resonate and help you feel understood and appreciated.