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ME/CFS Recovery Stories - Anna

3 Weeks after the Energy Excellence Course:

I had always been bubbly, energentic and full of life - my flat mates use to constantly ask me where I got all my energy from. Then suddenly, out of the blue, I was hit by an indescribable tiredness. I felt I had completely lost all my strength and had no stamina.

I kept trying to get 'back to normal', tried to go back to my teaching job, exercise, do the housework etc, and although on some days I was more able than others, I always seemed to flop at the end of it and then had to spend the next few days getting over one busy day. It was completely life changing and so different from the busy life I was used to.

The next few months felt hopeless- going from GP to Occupational Health, Physio, Having CBT- all of who basically said take it easy and pace youself- UGHHHHHH!

On a particularly bad day I had a miracle phone call from a 'friend of a friend' who had been on the Energy Excellence Course. She was so enthusiastic and said things to me like "if you go on it and follow the training you'll be back to teaching in no time etc etc..." I remember putting the phone down and sobbing, I was so desperate for hope. I couldn't believe it could be true but none the less I phoned Amir that afternoon and booked onto the course.

During the run up to the course I built Amir's 'pre course' suggestions into my daily life - this alone seemed to make a difference. I was incredibly nervous about the course - I was afraid to dream of recovery as I felt I couldn't possibly bare the disappointment if it didn't help. But I kept an open mind and went feeling hopeful. It was the best decision I've ever made!

I listenend to Amir and began to see a pattern in my illness. During the course we learnt the skills we needed to make a recovery. Even at this point I was still so nervous - what if it still didn't work? What if I was too tired to do the work? Nonetheless I went home and followed everything he told us to do.

After three days at home I felt like a different person. It is so difficult to explain, but it was like M.E. was something in the past - I still had symptons etc but it was like a complete mental overhaul. I began to realise that I was doing so much more than I had been able to a week ago - cooking dinner, chatting, giggling, hoovering - all of these things had been far too scarce.

Then the next week more changes - long walks, seeing friends daily and even riding a bike!!! Now, three weeks after the course I feel like a new person. I could scream with joy that I have my life back again. I suddenly remember who I am. I still have groggy mornings and evenings but I just do the process and feel good again. In fact, yesterday I went to the dentist and for the first time in my life I actually felt relaxed, thanks to the process.

My friends and family keep saying to me they can't believe the difference in me. I'm back to being bubbly and silly and I'm so happy about that. If people talk to me like I'm still ill it's really weird as it already feels like such a long time ago.

Doing the course with Amir has given me my life back. How can you ever thank someone enough for that? If you're reading this and want your life back, please, please, please, do the course. It will be the best decision you've ever made.



Update: 4 months after the Energy Excellence Course

Hi Amir, I haven't written to you in a while........ I am still well!!

When I was considering my recovery story I realised that sometimes recovery is so far from simple but still achievable. I try to tempt people with chronic fatigue to do your course and am surprised when they say certain circumstances have prevented them!!!

I now ride my bike, go out clubbing- woohoo, can even drink wine and have just come back from a holiday in France. I looked back over my '20 things I'd love to do list' and cried as I realised I had done them all (except get maried!!!), it was a very special moment as it made me realise how far I've come.

Sometimes I smell smells or hear a song that reminds me of my illness and I'm so eternally grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to get well. People keep telling me that I'm the girl they remember from before it all went wrong!!

I still have days where I feel a bit odd but I think the difference is I feel I can get through them and I feel secure knowing I have a way forward.

It sounds mad but the week in the Mumbles on the course was one of the best of my life, the people on the course are still very dear to me and I'm pleased to say we are still in touch!!!

There is probably no way to thank you enough for what you have done for me. At long last I will add a picture for your website. I will keep updating you with my positive news for the website and a million thank yous again. I will never forget what you have done for me x x


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