Do you have something you’re ready to let go from your life? If so, I hope you’ll consider taking the Realitynibs Freedom Challenge…
While you ponder what image or words might effectively depict your freedom, I’d like you to know that I have challenged myself to 30 blog posts in the next six weeks, starting today (Memorial Day) and ending by July 4. This is terrifying because merely taking a shower uses up most of my energy for the day but I’m committed to getting through the next six weeks in a healthy, sustainable way. I’m going to have to be incredibly disciplined about pacing myself yet accepting imperfection. Yikes!
Here’s an elevator pitch I’ve written to get things started. What do you think? Continue reading →
Or, What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia?
I was finally having a tantrum. In dealing with about three years of being mysteriously disabled, getting diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and facing unhelpful doctors, my attitude had always been to stay focused and solve the problem. Just the solutions ma’am!
Do you think I should send this letter to “Addison“? Please tell me by selecting yes or no at the end of this post!
Dear Dr. Addison,
I thought you might like to know what has happened with my health since we last spoke in 2006. You may remember that at the beginning of that year, I complained of fatigue that prevented me from working or leading the life I knew in any way; unquenchable thirst; feeling like I had been hit by a truck after I tried to push through my fatigue and go for a small walk; insomnia; various kinds of digestive distress; and pain in my joints, particularly my wrist. It turns out that I’m suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Syndrome (CFS/FMS).
Because of problems defining chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, I prefer to use the following definition: Continue reading →
Polio, Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis are all examples of conditions that were dismissed by most physicians before definitive tests were developed. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome currently suffers from the same lack of understanding as those diseases once did.
Dr. Osias, an OB/GYN whom I had consulted for help with the hormonal aspect of my condition, told me she felt the current medical system is “excellent at treating a single organ or system in crisis”. She went on to talk about standard medical practice being bad at resolving conditions which span multiple systems and trigger crisis for the entire body. I was brought to tears when she lauded me for how far I had come on my own. Continue reading →