Carol Hambly and friend Joanne Allen who are organising a ball in aid of ME and Fibromyalgia, the two charities chosen are FMA UK and the ME Association. See SWNS story SWPAIN; A mother has revealed her six year battle to be diagnosed with two debilitating illnesses - which now give her more than 200 symptoms. Carol Hambly, 40, suffers from ME and fibromyalgia, which leaves her exhausted and in chronic pain, and even slight activities can leave her recovering in bed for weeks. Mum-of-one Carol, who is mum to nine-year-old Jessica, was diagnosed after years of tests for other illnesses. She said: "In general it takes about six years before you're diagnosed.