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ME/CFS Recovery Stories - Mike

2 Weeks after the Energy Excellence Course:

Hi Amir

Things are going really well for me since the Energy Excellence Course. I have made some very positive changes which I believe will stop me from taking on too much.

After the course I spoke to my doctor and we agreed that it was a good idea for me to take 2 weeks off on "anxiety rehab". This not only gave me the time to practice the process but it also gave me time to enjoy the new me.

Since the course I have done many things that I was not able to do before hand. I went to Thorpe park with my closest friends, something that I would never have been able to do, joined a local football team and have been socialising more than ever, my friends and girlfriend can't believe the change.

My poor girlfriend keeps coming home from work expecting to see me on the sofa and spend some time with me, only to find that I have gone to see some friends or family.

On the plus side for my girlfriend, I have been waking early to tidy the house and cooking meals for her when I am at home. I am loving the creativity of cooking and its been giving me lots of frontal-lobe activity.

I haven't had to use the process much over the past 2 weeks but I think that this is because I have been enjoying a care free life. However I have been using the diaphragmatic breathing which has been keeping me much calmer and has helped to stop the IBS symptoms.

Today has been the biggest test for me, it is my first day back to work. I had to use the process a lot before hand, but I am coping well. I think that work was a massive part of my previous illness and I am looking to change careers as this one is not suited to my caring nature.

As you know, before I came to see you, as well as the ME/CFS I also suffered with panic attacks around flying and the last time I went on holiday I had to cancel my flight home and had to spend a grueling journey home by coach. Well the good news is, because of addressing this issue with the tools learned on the course, I have changed the arrangements of my next ski holiday and I am now flying instead of going by coach, the thought of this does not bring up the previous emotions that it used too.

The most helpful change is that I am now feeling refreshed when I wake up each morning, even if I have done exercise the day before, this feels amazing, as exercise has always been one of the most important parts of my life

I'm sorry to waffle on for so long, but I am so excited about the future I cannot help it.

Thank you so much for giving my life back to me!

Mike

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Update 6 Weeks after the Energy Excellence Course:

Hi Amir

Things are still going very well. I have just got back from the Ski Holiday. You will be pleased to know that I managed to get on the plane.

There was still a bit of fight or flight involved but it was much better than my previous flight. Once we were in the air I managed to settle and was taking photos from the window (see photo) and managed to eat my breakfast.

This was a massive achievement as last time I was scared stiff and could not move my fork to my mouth.

The ski holiday itself was very good, I managed to ski everyday and had a few late nights. I'm suffering a little bit now, but I know that this is completely normal from such an energetic holiday and that my fitness wasn't up to scratch. It was also alot to do with drinking too much in the evenings. It was amazing being able to ski hard for 5 hours and still have the energy to be social in the evenings.

I have realised since the course that the main problem definitely lies with my job. I have made the decision to look into doing a degree in physical education which will lead to qualified teacher status. This is something that would have seemed impossible before the Energy Excellence Course, but now it doesn't worry me at all.

I have been so happy with the results, that I have been trying to raise the awareness of the course. I recently got a small article into of our local newspapers about the course. The link to the article is below:

Article - Tarow-Helps-Emma

I am also hoping that I can set up a local support group at my leisure centre, so that I can let others know that there is help out there.

Once again, thank you for giving me the tools to regain my life.

Mike


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