Over the past week, no less than three people have directly asked me why it is that even though I’ve healed CFS, I still continue to write about and give advice about Chronic Fatigue. This is a question I’ve actually been asking myself a lot recently, so I wanted to put down my thoughts, just in case you’ve been wondering the same (and also for myself!).
Why I’m Still Giving Advice About Chronic Fatigue
Most people who recover from chronic illness go back to their lives and never look back. If I’m totally honest, I have been looking back. I never think about CFS returning, but I do love to take a birds-eye view of what I’ve learned. Not only am I interested in what I’ve learned (10 years is a long time not to come away with any lessons!), but I’m also interested in life after CFS.
The more I write, the more I believe that I’m writing for the future you. I’m writing for the part of you that knows with everything you have that you will get better, even if your mind takes over sometimes and tries to talk you down. I’m writing for the realisations I’ve had as a result of going through Mind Detox Practitioner Training, looking my own dated fears and self-imposed limitations square in the eyes, and passing down lessons and advice about Chronic Fatigue to you in the hope that they’ll help.
A 2.56am Realisation
About two months before I started my blog (a blog which was originally called ‘All Natural’ and contained some pretty lame smoothie recipes!), I was watching one of Dr. Wayne Dyer‘s lectures. Wayne always spoke about being woken up in the middle of the night by spirit and knowing it was time to write.
Well, a similar thing happened to me a few days after I finished watching his lecture. I was woken up one morning at 2.56am on 21st June 2013 feeling energised and alive, instinctively grabbed a pen and paper and sketched out the homepage for my blog in the living room. Yep, that’s it- on the scrappy piece of paper below! (For some reason, I even wrote down the time and date at the top of the paper.
The name changed, but the concept stayed the same, and that how it’s been for nearly 3 years. It took me another 6 months to actually start putting it all together, but I took the hint eventually!
Why Do I Do It?
Why do I still do it? Because frankly, I can’t help it.
It all feels a lot bigger than me and if anyone can benefit from my insights and advice about Chronic Fatigue, then I’m so grateful to have been of help.
What’ll happen in the future? I’m not entirely sure, but I feel as though I’m always been led by something bigger than myself.
I always love hearing from you, and will continue to help as many people as in can in any way in which I’m guided.
Thank you for being here, beautiful one.
Love, Katie xxx
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I can’t believe that anyone would ask you that question! You are helping so many people by talking about what you’ve been through and what you’ve learned, that it would be a total shame for you not to write about it. Thank you so much for continuing to help all of us. XO
Thank you, beautiful- I really appreciate your kind words. I guess they were just curious! xxx
Wow! I’ve done that too but for my own organic farm/healing centre.
I’m sorry they asked why you were still talking about it, I’m sure they came from a place of misunderstanding or possibly even anger/frustration at their illness.
You are a huge inspiration to me and honestly I am so grateful you have and still are sharing your past experience.
Keep on being your beautiful inspiring self
Thank you, gorgeous- I think it was out of curiosity more than anything! Thanks for you kind words- I love that you did the same thing with your farm! xx
I’m new to this blog. I’ve not been diagnosed with CFS however I strongly suspect it is what I have been suffering from on and off for years. Every word I have read on this blog resonates with me. After 3 weeks of not being able to get out of bed or function, I googled “feeling stuck cfs” and somehow came across this blog. In my head I knew I should meditate and do some gentle yoga as that has helped me in the past but I could not put those thoughts into action. I felt physically stuck, frozen and barely able to think (I literally feel brain damaged with brain fog). I felt completely helpless and I was at rock bottom.
Reading this blog over the last few days has provided me with hope for the first time in a very long time. It’s like the holy grail of resources, help and information. It provides hope in that it is a real
Life account of someone who has beat this.
I downloaded the “little book of CFS acceptance”. I’ve subsequently changed my perspective to one of acceptance and cannot believe how that alone has saved me a whole lot of energy. Rather than fighting this thing with all my might and using all my energy to will it out of reality, I’m now diverting that energy into making time and space for my healing to begin. Just through acceptance (it just makes so.much.sense!)
I keep thinking how much all of this information is going to help me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly do.
Clare, your words mean so much to me- thank you my darling. You’ve really hit the nail on the head about acceptance- diverting the energy to free up your thoughts give space for healing to happen.
I did a webinar on this a few months ago, which you might find interesting- just click here!
Thank you, my darling, and welcome! xxx
Thanks for keeping on doing it. I confess I’ve wondering about it, I also thought it was a way not to cut up with it… but the reallity is that you are REALLY helping. Helping people like me, like you, like anyone of us could be in a travel that is really hard to overcome. And giving hope and self care tips in such a state that is really difficult to understand if you haven’t gone through it. And when you are so lost, and all the info that comes to you is. you prepare, baby, a long life still to live in such an invalidating way and there´s no other way, someone who shares her story and her reflections is a light to maintain the wanting to live and the hope that you can live better than you are now, if you care about some things, and maybe you’ll also recover… And this works as an engine for living again, despite all you ar suffering…
All illnes or dis-ease is related with not being yourself and not accpeting yourself, and… So you’ll help anyhow where you go, I also believe it
So thanks again, I know maybe tomorrow you’ll decide to change your path, but all good you’ve done is done, and generates a river of energy that recharges you in return
Thank you so much, Carmen, and yes, who knows what will happen?! Such beautiful words- thank you my love- xxx
My grandmother used to quote the Bible and one of her favorite proverbs was, “Don’t hide your light under a bushel”, which simply means:
Don’t conceal, or fail to use, your faith, talents and abilities. We are meant to share those things with others in an effort to make the world a better place. That’s what you’re doing, Katie. Don’t stop.
Ah, I can’t tell you how much I love this. Thank you, Vicky- I have a huge lump in my throat right now! xxx
Hi Katie, I would like to express my gratitude for your blog. It gives hope, practical help, a different perspective, humour and just makes me smile.
I have been steadily recovering since February, and it is just nice to be able to go back to a blog that is written from a perspective of emphasy, love and understanding. Xx
Thank you beautiful, Britts- that’s so lovely to hear. I’m glad it brings you a different perspective on things.
Lots of love, Katie xx
Im in the mind blowingly frustrating process of a crash. It has shown me the delicate balance between just enough and to much, being a typical type A, I feel the need to scream and throw things but simply dont have the energy. It has taken me 2 years to get to a point where I felt I could move forward a bit, hey ho back to the drawing board. Learning to say ‘no’ to others because I needed to just put my energy into what I wanted to concentrate on has been a hard lesson learned.
Resonate with so much that you share my love.
I am in the process of healing from CFS, I’ve gotten stuck at what feels like the last hurdle. I’m working with a counselor who has asked me to journal, I’ve finally accepted today that my speed bump is fear of getting well. As the tears and shame were forming I turned to google and found your blog, I think I’ve read nearly all of your articles so far going YES! in this short evening you’ve helped me see that what I’m really afraid of is not having the excuse of being ill to say no to expectations. I really want to say thank you, please keep doing what you’re doing, there are so many negative outlooks on CFS out there keep bringing the light x
And I’m sure those people don’t understand how hard it is to think, let alone write, when you’re in it! Much love and respect for what you do Katie, your energy and the resulting writing helps so many that are struggling to find any of their own xx