I Never Felt I Would Be Well Enough to Return to Music; Abi Jackson Finds out How Fast-Acting Therapy the Lightning Process Helped Singer Martine Mccutcheon Combat Chronic Illness

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I Never Felt I Would Be Well Enough to Return to Music; Abi Jackson Finds out How Fast-Acting Therapy the Lightning Process Helped Singer Martine Mccutcheon Combat Chronic Illness


CHRONIC illness can have a deep and long-lasting impact, as actress and singer Martine McCutcheon highlights in her new album, Lost And Found, due out in August.

Her first album in 15 years, the record doesn't just mark her return to music, but is a reflection of just how far she's come in recent years.

The former EastEnders star has been open in the past about ill health forcing her to stop working, resulting in bankruptcy in 2013. Martine was diagnosed with ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) in early 2012, but she'd been suffering with debilitating pain and exhaustion for six years by that point, to the extent of needing a wheelchair and help getting washed and dressed.

Now, following the release of new single, Say I'm Not Alone, she's talked about the extent of the depression she endured too, admitting she felt "worthless".

Martine, 41, who has a two-yearold son, Rafferty, with her husband, singer Jack McManus, is in a much better place now and says putting her experiences into her new songs was "cathartic".

"I never felt I would be well enough to return to music after all my health problems. It killed me not being able to do what I loved, so I just started writing music for my own happiness and wellbeing... It was initially just for me and that's why it is so raw and brutally honest," she told the Daily Star.

It's believed around 250,000 people in the UK have ME. Numerous causes and factors can be involved, and Martine has talked about believing stress played a big role for her.

One of the things she says helped her is something called the Lightning Process (LP) - and she's not the only celeb fan. Singer Laura Mvula and former England Rugby Union player Austin Healey, whose wife did the programme to help with ME, have also praised its transformative effects.

LP is a training programme built around the idea of body and mind being closely linked. It "helps people learn how they can use their brain to influence the way their physiology works", explains founder Phil Parker, who has a background in osteopathy and personal development. …

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