I meet some of the most amazing people on Twitter and Facebook, and after posting some of the quotes from my upcoming book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself, many people who have embarked upon self-healing journeys have reached out to tell me their story. I find these stories incredibly inspiring and validating of what I’m writing about. In fact, I’m using some of the stories in the book itself.
This one, from Karen Cripps, who has transformed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome into an opportunity to seek higher ground and a better life, really touched my heart.
Take it away, Karen!
How Karen Healed From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Seven years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Encephalopathy). Overnight my life came to a standstill. At that time I didn’t really know what ME/CFS was; I was vaguely aware of it being referred to as “yuppie flu.” So, armed with my diagnosis, I started researching the illness, and more importantly, how to get better.
I soon became aware that conventional medicine was not going to be the answer, but that didn’t phase me. I am a typical Type A (the classic kind of person prone to CFS). I read what I thought at the time was a great book on how to overcome the illness, put a plan in place, and expected to have it nailed in six months at the most. Well, it probably won’t surprise you to hear that my strategy did not work.
Actually, for the first couple of years I attacked getting better in the same way I had previously lived my life, the life that had resulted in total burn out. Ooh – hindsight makes me cringe!
Making The Diagnosis
A few years ago I started working with a specialist ME/CFS clinic and they had a holistic approach to recovery: physical, psychological, emotional and so on. And although, I ultimately didn’t achieve full recovery by working with this clinic, it is here I began to understand the level of changes I was going to have to make in my life to get better, and I began my journey of discovery and healing.
I started to understand that CFS was a rather loud message from my body that my previous lifestyle was not serving me, and that I had to make some fundamental changes to the way I lived my life.
Writing The Prescription
I learned about nutrition and I followed an extensive supplement program. But more significantly, I began to address the psychological component of a physical illness, and the spiritual/emotional side of recovery.
In the last few years I have added to my treatment program:
- Several recovery programs (each bringing with it new understanding)
- Daily relaxation and meditation
- Regular yoga
- A new diet
- A regimen of supplements
- Regular hypnotherapy
- Other complementary healing treatments, such as reiki
- Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques to help me retrain my self-limiting thoughts about illness and recovery