ME/CFS Recovery Stories - Libby
2 weeks after the Energy Excellence Course:
I can never tell you how grateful I am to you, for giving me my life back. So a simple thank you will have to suffice.
I have had only one incidence of feeling ill since the course and stepping through the process once sorted that out immediately. Previously, the only choices I had were, bed or chair, book or television. Now I can choose from all my old favourite activities.
I have walked or gardened every day and intend to get back on my bike soon. I am 61 and have to build up my muscles gradually. I can now go shopping by myself and can look forward to my daughter coming to stay next week. We are having a girl’s day out in Lincoln.
My husband says I look ten years younger and the bags under my eyes have almost disappeared.
Next year, when I get fit enough and loose some weight I am going to reward myself with learning to ride (horses) a lifelong ambition.
Thanks once again,
Amir, thank you very much !!!!! Alan (Libby’s husband)
6 weeks after the Energy Excellence Course
Hi Amir, as promised this is my six week update.
I have been ill for 8 years intermittently and 5 years full time. I spent most of my time sitting in my recliner chair either watching television or reading a book (which always had to be something like chicklit as my brain could not cope with anything more intellectual). I became seriously institutionalised in my home and illness and could only go out with my husband’s co-operation and if well enough, would sit in the car whilst he did the shopping, so that at least I had something different to look at.
The worst times were spent in bed, week after week, feeling so ill that I wanted to die. I can remember thinking that I wished I had the sort of illness that was either ‘kill or cure’ as I did not want to spend the rest of my life in that state, as my Doctor had told me I probably would. I think I became ill because of 30 years in a very stressful marriage, but that’s another story.
Before I became ill, I had a full time job and a new and wonderful relationship. We walked, cycled and played badminton in our spare time and I was very keen on DIY, so no slouch then. I had to leave my job and give up all activities. My new husband could expect no support from me and became my carer.
Then I learned of your course in Swansea quite by chance whilst surfing the net. At first I thought, no way, CFS is incurable. Then after reading what had been written by your clients, I eventually came round to the fact that I had to try, as there was nothing else out there for me. I can remember saying to my husband ‘I have decided to go to Swansea’ and him replying ‘that makes life easier as I was going to make you go!’
I still had no very high expectations and when I read that people started getting better from the first day, I decided I didn’t aspire to that and that 4 – 6 weeks was fine by me. But that’s exactly what happened to me.
When Amir asked on the first morning of the course ‘how many people knew of someone who had been successfully treated by him?’ and 75% of people put their hands up, that was the start of my belief.
By the first evening I was so excited at the thought of being well, that my feet hardly touched the ground and my husband and I went out for a good walk along the beach front in the Mumbles. Amazing.
Since then I have been gradually picking up the pieces of my life. I can walk, shop, do housework, cook and garden. I have returned to my hobby of writing and kick started this again by joining a creative writing group. I have driven the 15 miles to our nearest city to shop and can now go out alone. Until you loose your independence you do not appreciate its worth. We are traveling to Surrey (from Lincolnshire) for Christmas and I can anticipate this with nothing but joy.