ME/CFS - Holly‘s Recovery Story
2 Weeks after the Energy Excellence Course:
I just wanted to say thank you so much for teaching me the skills I need to recover, I’m doing great since the course 😀
Before coming on the Energy Excellence Course I was optimistic but still very sceptical a 3 day course could sort me out (but I was so wrong).
There have been many positives to tell you about in the last two weeks I’m not sure what to choose!
One huge improvement for me was after the second session with you in Swansea, when I went home and washed and dried my hair without assistance! I found myself singing and really enjoying myself, it has been 3 years since I last did this!
By the last session my confidence was creeping back and I was chatting, smiling and even volunteered for the demonstration in front of the group (not sure I would have even done that before I was ill ). I made some amazing friends whilst in Swansea and it was great not being scared to talk to new people! My mum even said that’s the most animated and happy she’s seen me in a long time!
Going back home I have felt like a different person, I am smiling and full of energy and can keep up with my two year old sister for the first time!
Last week I managed my first long and successful shopping trip into town. I had a lot of fun trying on clothes and even made a decision on what to buy, I would have panicked and left with nothing 3 weeks ago! Instead there I was in one shop for so long my boyfriend got bored and went off to shop by himself hehe! There was no stress, no overheating and no anxiousness! YAY!
I feel young and alive again! Thank you so much for giving your time to help us all, my life has changed so much already!
Update: 8 weeks after the Energy Excellence Course
It’s now been 8 weeks since I finished the course with you and Aliya, and it has been life changing for me. I am now able to get up at 8.30 every morning and start my day with breakfast and not lunch!
Also not only can I wash and dry my hair with no assistance but I can now have standing up showers, it’s great!
In week 3 my family had a bit of a crisis, but I handled it very well and even managed to go and stay with my poorly nan for 4 days to look after her. I handled the responsibility fine and had time by myself to really put into practice what you’d taught me – before the Energy Excellence Course there’s no way I could have gone away to look after myself, let alone my nan!
I have found some surprising new hobbies since recovering, one is (unfortunately for my bank balance).. shopping, and two – I have a new found love for cleaning! Interestingly, I find cleaning really relaxes me so I’m happy to get stuck in (think my parents love it), plus I’ve got two cleaning jobs as a result 😀
I am also volunteering once a week at my little sisters nursery, and I absolutely love it, I’m working up to going part time in September – very exciting 😀
I have had lots of support and encouragement over the last 8 weeks and have particularly loved sharing my journey with Louise who was also on the course, it has been great to share our progress with each other, and ultimately I have gained a best friend 😀
I am so grateful for you and Aliya for helping me and my sister to get well, thank you!