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    Big Health Update: I Have Lyme Disease

    Almost four years ago, I developed the symptom set of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was constantly exhausted and always felt like I was a day away from the flu. Over time, more and more random symptoms crept in: swollen glands, hoarse throat, frequent fevers, food sensitivities, lightheadedness, brain fog, chronic gastritis, pelvic pain, and more. For the most part, doctors had no idea what was wrong with me. They tested me for mono, strep, thyroid disorders, anemia, ulcers, UTIs, allergies, and so much more. All came back normal. I had the symptom set of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Interstitial Cystitis, but both are diagnoses of exclusion, without a known cause…

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    One Word 2019: Home

    Each December, I choose a vision word for the upcoming year. It’s a tradition inspired by the One Word 365 movement, which encourages people to choose one word to help them grow in the coming year, rather than make New Years resolutions they probably won’t keep.  A Recap of 2018 For 2018, I actually had two words: GROW and EXPAND. I must admit, when I first prayed about them, I thought it might mean a year of expanding our family. But as the year went on, it became clear that I needed to do a very different type of growing. In January, I started using the Dynamic Neural Retraining System to treat my Chronic Fatigue…

  • My Experience with DNRS - A Natural Treatment for Chronic Illness
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    My Experience with DNRS – A Natural Treatment for Chronic Illness

    Three years ago, I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It started with extreme fatigue, but within a year, I had a long list of strange symptoms. I suffered from stomach pain, food sensitivities, sore throat, swollen glands, burning ears, dizziness, brain fog, and more. My doctors were completely stumped, and I was desperate for relief. During this time, I read a blog post about the Dynamic Neural Retraining System or DNRS. The writer had suffered from debilitating fatigue, digestive issues, chronic inflammation, and multiple chemical sensitivities for 11 years. But using the DNRS program, she made a complete recovery. At the time, it sounded too good to be true. How could one…

  • My Experience with EMDR Therapy
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    Using EMDR Therapy to Heal Chronic Fatigue

    For the past three months, I’ve been using EMDR therapy to treat my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It’s an unusual approach: using the mind to heal the body. But when your disease has no treatment, you go to some weird lengths to heal. Some patients try extreme diets, untested supplements, and even parasites in the pursuit of healing. In comparison, going to therapy seems pretty innocuous. But many CFS patients have a big issue with this kind of treatment. Our symptoms are so strange that we’re often written off as “crazy” or having a problem that’s “all in our head.” Doing a mind-based therapy feels like admitting insanity. I get it.…

  • Health Update - Chronic Fatigue Treatment
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    A Health Update โ€”with good news!

    About three years ago, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome took over my life. I probably had the disease to some degree before then, but my health suddenly affected my ability to work, parent, and exist outside of bed in October 2015. After limping along with work for several years, I finally quit my job in France in May 2017. I moved back to America to pursue healing full time. I didnโ€™t know how long it would take to get me well, or if I would get well at all. To this day, no doctor will formally diagnose me or offer me a treatment plan. They tell me that I very well may…

  • My Chronic Fatigue Story
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    My Chronic Fatigue Story

    Three years ago, I had a new baby, a new job, and a one-way ticket to France. This seemed surprisingly normal to me. I’d been in the habit of clustering major life changes. Within a few months of graduating college, I was engaged and traveling in Turkey. Three weeks after Sam and I got married, we moved to Kosovo and began work in missions. When I got pregnant, we made another international move. This was our life: bold, adventurous, invincible. Until it wasn’t. Today, I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and spend about 75% of my time in bed. Like many people with CFS, I also struggle with intermittent brain fog, memory…