You don't have to do this alone.
As an ME/CFS Wellness Coach I’m often asked whether it’s possible to fully recover from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as ME/CFS). The honest answer is that complete recovery appears to be elusive for some who have this diagnosis. But I know from my own personal experience that it is possible - I consider myself to have been fully recovered for over three years now. And although it took time - several years in fact - to get to this stage I always remained hopeful that recovery was within my grasp.
I’m always careful to explain to people who contact me that full recovery could take a long time to achieve. After all, rebuilding an immune system and tackling a variety of symptoms isn’t going to happen within days. But what I do see time and time again is that people can very quickly start to see some improvement to their symptoms and are then able to cope better with them. An illness like ME/CFS is a very challenging one to overcome, largely because what helps one person won’t necessarily help another. But with my help, we plan and tackle the areas that are often most helpful first, and then focus on other areas to explore and try.
ME/CFS Recovery Plan
I've developed two frameworks that guide you through the fundamental physical and mindset adjustments that will get you to a place where you are coping better with your symptoms today, and feeling more hopeful of recovery. Once we've created that firmer base on which to build, we continue to work together to build your personalised life rescue plan and move towards achieving real improvements.
I don't ask or expect clients to commit to lengthy programmes of sessions - we often pause after only three or four, and then pick up again a few weeks or months later to work through the next stage. This gives you the reassurance that I'm here to guide you at the pace that works best for you.
In the past year or two, I’ve seen an increase in the number of success stories that are being shared publicly, which is great. It shows people that life with ME/Chronic Fatigue isn’t necessarily the long term sentence that they fear, and that even if a full recovery isn’t possible, a partial recovery appears to be achieved by many.
Tackling your own ME/CFS recovery can be an isolated and bewildering experience - but I can help. I offer face to face sessions in Bristol, or by webcam if you live further afield or have difficulty travelling. Thanks to this technology I'm able to help clients across the UK, and overseas.
If you’d like to hear more about my own personal recovery story from ME/Chronic Fatigue, click here to listen to a podcast I recently recorded where I talk about my personal journey, and how I then retrained to help others.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that I’ve been asked recently, specifically around ME/CFS recovery:
Does ME/CFS get worse over time?By focussing on a new health protocol, including strengthening your immune system and focussing on pacing your exercise and other physical activity, you should find that you are coping better and that your symptoms are not worsening. Without the right advice around coping, you could find your symptoms do get worse. My experience allows me to guide and support you as you learn the best treatment approach for you personally. Everyone is different and everyone has their own path back to improved health. I help them find their way.
How do you recover from Chronic Fatigue?Recovery from ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be a long journey lasting many years, some never quite manage a full recovery. But my experience is that you can absolutely help yourself to improve how you are living with this illness and move towards recovery. I help my patients by initially helping them to cope with their day to day symptoms and then helping them to create a life rescue plan. Consistency is key to any life rescue plan and I help my patients stick to their chosen path until results are known.
How long will it take to recover from CFS?It can take many years to recover from CFS. People don’t like to hear that, but I believe it’s important to be honest with all of my patients. Although a full recovery can take years, it’s absolutely possible to improve your health and reduce your symptoms during this time. My own recovery journey took seven years but after only one year I was back at work full time, and each month I experienced at least small improvements. I can help you to achieve the same.
Will I ever recover from CFS?Some people never manage a full ME/CFS recovery but my experience is that it’s absolutely possible to get to a stage where daily tasks are easily manageable again and some physical exercise is possible. Small improvements can be achieved day to day over a short time, and these daily improvements soon build to an improved sense of normal. I can help you to improve the way you are coping with your current symptoms and experience a better quality of life at home and at work, while we tackle the long road to your health recovery together.