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Recovery from CFS: 50 Personal Stories Paperback – 3 Jun 2008
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About the Author
Alexandra Barton is a life coach, counsellor and nutritional therapist living in the UK. She specialises in helping people with CFS/ME to regain their health. (www.alexbarton.co.uk) Alexandra was ill for many years with CFS/ME but recovered to lead a normal life. When she was ill Alexandra was depressed by the lack of recovery stories available to give her hope for her own recovery. When she recovered Alexandra felt that people with CFS/ME needed to know that recovery is possible and so she advertised in newspapers and magazines to find people who had recovered and who would be willing to write their story. Fifty people kindly agreed to write their stories of hope. The result is the book "Recovery from CFS - 50 Personal Stories".
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One thing that struck me was that people recovered using both psychological and physiological interventions (sometimes exclusively, sometimes combined). I personally find a combined approach to be beneficial to me and was thus heartened to feel like I am covering all my bases and doing the best that I can. I've got my head down and have my eyes fixed firmly on the prize.
The reason that I didn't give the book 5 stars is that I feel some people probably didn't have CFS/ME. One woman's story was all about how she found out she had hypothyroidism and medicating with thyroid hormones cured her within two hours. She was diagnosed with CFS/ME by no less than SIX specialists and suffered with debilitating illness for 8 years. Obviously her condition was remarkably similar to CFS/ME and I'm not saying she wasn't seriously ill, but hypothyroidism is hypothyroidism, not CFS/ME.
I think the bickering over CFS vs. ME is absolutely useless whilst we lack biomarkers and improved diagnostic processes. I understand that people feel CFS trivialises a very debilitating condition, but in all likelihood we'll probably end up with 4 or 5 distinct subcategories when all is said and done. In the meantime, I am happy to know that people with a very similar if not identical physiological dysfunction as I are bouncing back to full recovery.
If you're looking for a motivational boost and something to plant hope back in your life, I can highly recommend this book.
I am totally determined not to see this as a life long condition and I will be one of the success stories. Who knows, I might be in book 2.
I, like most of us have been to hell and back and even contemplated taking my own life. Hold on and treat yourself to this book. You too can be a success story. Great for friends and family also. xxx
Recently I have found it useful to turn to now and again when I have a bad day or unexplained slow progress or am feeling frustrated and for this reason in particular it has been worth its weight in gold!!
Best wishes to everyone for recovery