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How This Bamber Bridge Mum Uses Adult Colouring To Cope With Trauma, Bereavement And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Thursday 14 November 2019


From UK newspaper the Lancashire Post:


Esther Scholes
Esther Scholes set up Doodles & Coffee, a
Bamber Bridge community group, to share
the gentle healing powers of colouring.

How this Bamber Bridge mum uses adult colouring to cope with trauma, bereavement and chronic fatigue syndrome

By Laura Longworth
Wednesday 13 November 2019
© JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Sat in a cosy Bamber Bridge coffee shop, a mum-of-four has just revealed the simple hobby that helps her cope with a potent mix of trauma, bereavement and chronic illness.

Esther Scholes caught on to the 2015 adult colouring book craze, which encouraged people world-wide to rediscover their childhood love of doodling, when she fell chronically unwell following the death of her husband.

Inspired to share its gentle healing powers with others, she set up community group Doodles & Coffee in June last year.

"I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome four months later, which was probably linked to post-traumatic stress after losing my husband to cancer a few years ago," she said.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a long-term illness with a wide range of symptoms. The most common is extreme tiredness but others include: sleep problems; muscle or joint pain; headaches; sore throat or sore glands that are not swollen; problems thinking, remembering or concentrating; flu-like symptoms; feeling dizzy or sick; and heart palpitations.

The 40-year-old added: "I had also moved with my children from Morecambe back to Bamber Bridge to be nearer to family and Valley Church because of the fantastic community there.


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