What You Need To Know If You Have CFS

A few years ago, I developed chronic fatigue syndrome. I had pushed myself through mental, physical and emotional stress for so long that eventually my body said, “Enough!” and forced me to stop. I found myself utterly exhausted 24/7 for months on end. I slept for over 16 hours a day, I couldn’t exercise at all or even communicate to my legs that I wanted to run. I had brain fog all the time; it felt like there was cotton wool in my head and the fog was relentless. I couldn’t remember things, I thought my knowledge had vanished, and I would get frustrated to the point of tears because I couldn’t catch hold of my thoughts long enough to figure anything out or create anything.
My body ached, and I couldn’t listen to music or watch movies or read books for enjoyment because I was overly sensitive to sound and prone to headaches. The thing with chronic fatigue is you don’t really have your body or your mind; which doesn’t leave much room for creating meaning in your days.
Doctors didn’t help me and I was repeatedly told I could not recover and that there was nothing I could do. I knew they were wrong but for a while I indulged in the hopelessness of it all and fell into depression, wondering if I was really going to miss out on the life I had planned. I didn’t know how to verbalise what I was going through because it was confusing enough to me, and it was hard for my friends and family to really understand it because I looked normal. For a certain amount of time most days I could act normal, and sometimes go out and appear to be quite fine in public. Aside from my family, no one else saw how much I was sleeping and no one at all knew how I was feeling.
At some point, I made the conscious decision that I was going to get better. I’d always known deep down that I would, but it took time to get there and fully believe it and own it.
Toby Morrison changed everything for me. A true earth angel, he immediately understood and validated everything I was experiencing and then he showed me how to pull myself out of it – gently and one step at a time, but sure enough the improvements came. I don’t have chronic fatigue syndrome any more. With the help of Toby, and an amazing team of naturopaths who I was very thankful to have on my side from the beginning, I fully recovered and can now live a normal, healthy, active life of meaning. I can focus on my passions and help others, I can travel, I can keep up with my red heeler puppy (well, almost!) and I can look forward to the full and happy life that I deserve.
If you or someone you know is experiencing chronic fatigue syndrome, there are three things I believe you should know:
1. There are many people in the world who understand what you are going through. You are not alone.
2. You can absolutely recover, and thrive. Do NOT believe anyone who tells you that you can’t. Anyone who believes you can’t recover is way behind on the science and doesn’t know what they are talking about.
3. Toby and his team at CFS Health are the best chance you have of recovering. They have each been through this experience themselves, they have helped many, many people recover and they genuinely care about your recovery. It still brings tears to my eyes to think of where I might be without Toby, and I will be forever grateful.

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