ME Recovery Stories - Lindsay
I first read an article in the Daily Mail earlier this year about someone Amir had treated and was so encouraged to hear about a possible cure for this debilitating condition. It seemed to be a successful approach and I contacted Amir Norris who runs M.E. courses in Wales. Amir described what he teaches to me and I felt very positive about it and sent in my application.
Originally booked in for late April/May, I was luckily enough to get a cancellation place and was able to go to Wales in March. It was challenging to make the arrangements about traveling to Wales (especially as I had not been more than 10 miles outside of town for some time!). Accommodation and food were tricky as I was on a no yeast diet at the time. In the end it all fell into place, I got a lift to Bristol, stayed with my sister for two days to recover from the journey and her partner took me to Wales.
There were 7 ladies on the course, from all over the south of England, with varying years of struggling with the condition. Everyone was very friendly and we all bonded very quickly.
The location for the course was ideal, very peaceful and a lovely place to relax during breaks. My B&B was in the nearby village, which has a couple of pubs and a village shop.
I will not even attempt to describe the course; you will get a much clearer picture by looking at the web site and by speaking to Amir in person. He is very approachable and empathetic, especially having suffered from M.E. himself.
The benefits start immediately and after the second day of the course I was able to go to the pub in the evening with some of the group, which was my first evening out for months.
Returning home, I felt I had been given the tools to enable and support me in returning to a normal life. After a few days the symptoms began to disappear, I was able to go out for an evening meal with my daughter, go to Totnes on the bus, drive to Dartmouth and start to make plans to meet friends for lunch and to go to places that I hadn’t been able to go to for a long time.
Prior to attending the course with Amir, I had been ill for 18 months and was managing life by careful pacing and gradually increasing activities. Housework and cooking were manageable together with short outings for shopping or meeting friends for coffee. It was so wonderful to start expanding my horizons again so quickly after attending the course.
As my stamina increases, my quality of life is getting better all the time. I am working in a local charity shop, I have started swimming again, am able to make plans with confidence. I had a fabulous day on Dartmoor, have visited friends in Torquay and have booked two short break holidays. The long list of overdue tasks around the house is finally reducing!! Family and friends are amazed and delighted with my on-going progress.
Personally, I am so glad I was able to go and experience the course – it has given me my life back.
Good luck and best wishes,
Lindsay from Devon