Sick of all the doom and gloom, Negative Nancy and Debbie Downer info out there about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Me too!
This blog is different (kinda like me). No medical reports, no darkness and above all, no negativity (because CFS is enough of a downer as it is, am I right?).
My mission is to lighten your load a little and share my experiences all about ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with the people who know what I’m harping on about (that’s you), and offer you a little bit of light at the end of what can feel like a very long and laborious tunnel.
I made it to the other side people! And you know what? I’ve been free of symptoms now for five years (not even a cold)!
My hope is that one day you can too…
Introducing Conquering Fear Spirituality; the blog I wish I’d been able to read when I was ill.
Because let’s be honest, unless you’ve suffered from CFS, it’s impossible to relate!
‘They’ just don’t understand!
But I do, I’ve been there.
I suffered with it for 10 years.
I didn’t wake up one morning and miraculously recover. I failed, relapsed (countless times), repeated mistakes and made myself a lot worse before I got better. I was (and still am) my own biggest experiment.
A quick trip down my CFS memory lane
These days I loathe to define myself by my CFS experiences (looking forward, not backwards and all that), but this timeline gives a good indication of the hardest 10 years of my life.
(Not sure if you suffer from CFS? Read more about it here.)
My CFS timeline (because this healing yourself stuff doesn’t just happen overnight)
Pre-CFS: Straight ‘A’ student. Always getting sick.. Who has time for that? Not me!
October 2002: Age 18. I wake up unable to move. I can’t even open my eyelids. I’m terrified!
November 2002: I’m diagnosed with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyeltitis) also known as CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Read about the difference between M.E and CFS here.
Early 2003: I spend 22 hours of the day sleeping. 6 months pass and I haven’t seen daylight. My weight plummets and my quality of life is… well what life?
Read more about a day in the life of a CFS sufferer here.
Mid 2003: I start working one day a week in administration, but the result of one day out of the house means I sleep for the rest of the week.
Late 2003: I return to university, but I’m barely able to attend lectures. I manage to finish my essays though and eventually I’m able to walk around a little.
2005: I complete my final year of university in France. My body clock normalises, I’m eating well and I manage my time and stress levels so that I have adequate rest periods. I feel AMAZING.
2006: I begin working full time, and when my CFS symptoms began to flare up again I ignore them (I haven’t learnt all my lessons yet).
2008: The stress of a teaching job in London makes me relapse, and only after a fall that forces me to rest do I decide to make this my last relapse, learn from my mistakes and get myself back to good health again.
2010: Hubby and I move from the UK to a warmer climate. Hello Australia!
2015: I have been symptom-free for over five years (not even a cold).
You can read my full CFS recovery story here.
Can you identify with some or all of the above? I believe that it’s the last 15% of recovery that really stumps people! It stumped me more times than I want to admit. My aim is to arm you with the tools that will help you break through that last 15% that’s holding you back from full recovery.
Here are my three favourite posts to get you started:
Treatments I Tried (Medical and Alternative) (I’ve done all the hard work for you)
The CFS Manifesto (My most popular post)
The Root Causes of CFS (My most controversial post)
I hope you find just one thing on this blog that resonates with you and brings a little light to your day.
If you’re looking for some extra special 1:1 attention to help you break through your CFS blocks, check out my mentoring page.
There’s also more to me than just CFS. I also blog about life, spirituality, finding your true voice and everything in between. Click here to view some articles featured in newspapers and online.
With deep gratitude and love,
CFS Media, Speaking and Interviews
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This blog was set up to document my healing from ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) in the hope of reaching out to others and sharing our journeys together. The blog is based solely on what has worked for me and my own, personal experiences. I am not a professional counsellor or doctor, I have no medical training of any sort and no background in medicine. If you are receiving medical help, please continue to do so, and do not substitute anything you read about on this website for professional advice.
I will take no responsibility or liability for anything that happens as a result of any advice or tips given on this blog. What works for one person might not work for another person- we are all different and our bodies will take different times to heal and recover. If you choose to follow any advice given on the blog, please know that I cannot and will not take responsibility or liability for situations, losses, damages or consequences which ensue.