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The Secret To Healing From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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The Secret To Healing From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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
  • Affirmations
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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities - HealHealthCareNow.com and OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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11:31AM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

From her website it looks like she is still dealing with this illness CFIDS rather than cured or healed from it as this article title suggests. It is not a good idea to use this article to promote a book. My heart really goes out to the woman dealing with the cfids. It sounds like she had a relapse. This can be an unusually tough illness and way beyond just being tired from lifestyle patterns. It's not always about pushing oneself too hard at all. Sometimes it just happens. I do believe healing is possible, but we must also be careful not to blame people who have it or assume they are doing something wrong. I know many people who do and think all the wrong things who don't struggle with illnesses at all.

2:15PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Thank you for sharing this

6:11PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

a good article. im tired a lot of the time, but its just bc of my lifestyle i guess. i work 3rd and have a 2 yr old, so i get 3 to 6 hours of sleep each day

2:43PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

thanks

6:33PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Thanks for posting.

7:27AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

noted

5:35AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Water aerobics and lap swimming helped me!

8:19AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

THANK YOU!

7:32AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Interesting ideas, but they require a lot of energy.

7:13AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Will want to learn more about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. How difficult we can make our lives be.

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