• My Experience with DNRS - A Natural Treatment for Chronic Illness
    Health,  Personal Updates

    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…

  • When You're Too Sick to Work
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    What It’s Like To Be Too Sick To Work

    When I was a kid, I loved a good sick day. Of course I didn’t like being sick. But there’s a sweet spot where you’re just sick enough to stay home from school, but not too sick to watch daytime TV in your pajamas. That’s when it was really fun. Or so I thought. When I was twenty six, I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I started having bouts of fatigue and muscle weakness that would last for days or weeks on end. Gradually I developed more symptoms: swollen throat, burning ears, stomach pain, brain fog, dizziness, and more. I always felt like I was one day away from the flu. Not…

  • 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 —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 didn’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…

  • Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain and Acid Reflux
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    Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain and Acid Reflux

    When I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it was never just fatigue. In the early months of my illness, I had bouts of nausea and acid reflux. This developed into long-term gastritis, stomach pain, and a slew of other digestive issues.  Initially, I went the standard medical route for treatment. I saw countless doctors, tried pharmaceutical drugs, and had tests done on my stomach. They couldn’t find any root cause to my symptoms, and medications only made it worse. At my last appointment, they told me I could try painkillers, but there was nothing else they could do. With my medical options exhausted, I decided to try natural remedies for stomach…

  • Why I Only Have One Child
    Health,  Motherhood

    Why I Only Have One Child

    When my son was about six months old, the comments began. Time for another one, they said. He needs a sibling. At first I laughed it off. I blamed lack of sleep and fresh memories of childbirth. But with each of my son’s milestones, my excuses started to get weaker and weaker. Because the truth felt shameful: my body and mind were too broken to have another baby.  I’d been developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for years, but it flared to its worst form when my son was eight months old. I was bed-bound for weeks at a time, too exhausted to do anything but breastfeed and crippled by guilt that I couldn’t…

  • 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…