• 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.Β 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 really “sick” sick,…

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    How I’m Healing My Chronic Fatigue

    I have a disease with no cure. Well, no medically-approved cure. As many people with chronic health issues will tell you: that doesn’t mean you can’t get better. Or at least feel better. I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome about three years ago, and I’ve spent countless hours trying to get well. Here, I’d like to share what’s helped me, and what might help you if you also struggle with fatigue or burnout.   Swap Coffee for Tea The very first thing I didβ€”and one of the most helpfulβ€”was cut down on caffeine. I know it sounds crazy. Feeling tired? Just cut back on the one thing keeping you going! But it really is…

  • 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 impairment, dizziness, muscle…