This is a question that sufferers of CFS or M.E. can get very distraught hearing, and that friends and families of sufferers often can’t help but think about.
Before you read any further I want to state that I had CFS 11 years ago and am not only fully recovered, but am leading a fulfilling, loving, contented life beyond anything I could possibly have dreamt of in the depths of my illness and suffering. It feels like a lifetime ago.
I suffered for around 4 years. I think I got off ‘quite lightly’. It was still however a very lonely time as it is such an isolating illness with unpredictable times where sufferers, as I did, just crash and ‘go underground’ until they have the energy to appear in the world again. Suicidal thoughts are not uncommon, and it did occur to me on more than one occasion that this might be my only release to the suffering.
Some hard truths about CFS:
- The experience of having CFS is definitely very real and can be incredibly debilitating
- It is estimated that around 17 million globally suffer from CFS
- Many countries still do not list CFS as a recognised illness and so many sufferers struggle accordingly to get a proper diagnosis
- 25% of CFS sufferers remain house bound if not bed bound
- CFS is no more an illness based ‘in the sufferers head’ than any other illness
- CFS often seems to take hold after a stressful or emotional event (for me it was childbirth)
- CFS is often preceded with a history of illnesses such as glandular fever (otherwise known as infectious mononucleosis), Epstein Barr virus or cytomegalovirus
- The main cause of death with CFS is suicide.
My search for answers and my recovery was relatively short lived compared to many fellow sufferers. I now look at health in a totally different way compared to 11 years ago and that was a large key to my healing. Seeing that mind, body and spirit are so interconnected reveals why so many promises of treatment and recovery fail by only addressing one of these.
I feel blessed now to be able to guide others with chronic illness to see for themselves that there is an opportunity to not just recover, because that suggests going back to a state of health before the illness, but to a state of seeing their innate health beyond anything they may have experienced before.
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