I feel better physically and
mentally than I have for about 12 years, which is a huge relief.
I no longer wonder if I will be
well enough to undertake anything - I just assume that I will be, which
means that I can fill my days and plan ahead, and which is of course
I bike most days for at least
half an hour, and enjoy the freedom and stress-free pleasure of walking
rather than driving. In addition, I try to walk for at least half an
hour most days - not that I particularly enjoy it, but I do feel very
virtuous afterwards. I am starting to lose weight, which is of course
I now find that I have an
additional 4 hours at least to my day - which means that I have been
able to get on with all the projects which have been haunting me for a
long time and which I never felt up to doing, such as sorting through
10 plus years of photos and putting in albums, clearing out cupboards,
re-arranging my home office, organising a new computer (badly needed),
- all quite boring but the reward is a feel-good factor - and more on
the plus side, making social arrangements without the anxiety of maybe
having to cancel, catching up with friends, going to the cinema,
escaping into a good book, planning holidays, etc.
I also now find that I don't
have to rest up the day before I do my weekly babysitting for two of my
grandchildren. The following day I can undertake my usual full day of
activities, without any fear of not being able to cope. It no longer
crosses my mind that I won't be up to doing something - I just assume
that I will.
I no longer spend a lot of my
time calculating how much rest I have had or will need to have, in
order to avoid getting over- tired. The strange thing is that now I am
no longer focusing all the time on my symptoms, I find it hard to
realise when I am tired, and sometimes have trouble in persuading
myself that I really ought to go to bed!
My husband is having to get
used to my being up and about in the evenings and often going to bed
after him, so he can no longer hog the TV and the phone as he had
become accustomed to, which has not happened for about 12 years.
As a result of all of the
above, and particularly because I no longer feel constantly anxious
about whether or not I will have the energy to commit to a particular
task, I am altogether much more relaxed and focused, and able to enjoy
life in the moment.
I also find that I am no longer
worried about forgetting something, not being as sharp-witted as I
would like, etc. or generally not being up to par mentally; I just feel
confident the way I am, and take the attitude that if I do mess up,
well don't we all from time to time.
As I put in my earlier email, I
don't feel I have to strive for perfection any more. I can't really
tell you why, except that you had warned us not to!
I suppose you could say that
generally my confidence has greatly increased and certainly my family
and friends have noticed a change in me. Fortunately, I don't appear to
have become intolerant or impatient, which is what I had feared would
happen once the blandness and passiveness caused by the constant mental
and physical exhaustion of ME had passed!
Of course, there have been a
few times when I have had a "wobbly" day for whatever reason, and I
would describe it as a momentary loss of confidence. Then I have
remembered your advice and just gone back to the exercises as often as
required, which have re-focused me and put me back where I want to be.
Once again, I am so happy and
relieved to be well again, and spread the good news of the training
whenever I can. I hope the above is useful, and although it all sounds
very mundane, it is an enormous improvement on the quality of life
which I had before I came to Llansteffan.
With very best wishes,
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