My only regret is that I didn’t know about the course all those years ago!
I had CFS twice: once for two years between 19 – 21 y.o and then again between 30 – 34 y.o. It was bad enough the first time, bed ridden for 3 months and then a slow recovery at a time when I should have been enjoying my life to the full (actually, I now realise there is no time when we shouldn’t be enjoying life to the full!). I recovered on my own and as the years passed I forgot about it and got on with my life.
Ten years later I caught another virus and after six weeks fatigue set in, this time I was caught in its trap for 4 years. It is not an understatement to say that it devastated my life. I was unable to work or even socialise. I would spend most days on the couch looking out the window with a bottle of water and a book next to me. The book was in case I had enough energy to read, I rarely did. Sometimes I would not have enough energy to walk, so I would crawl down the corridor from the kitchen to the lounge, often I would have to wait on the floor after having a bath to have enough energy to dress. My one big event for the day was to make myself a juice and then I would be back on the couch. Too exhausted to be bored, going through waves of complacency and at other times despair.
But there is a happy ending to this fairy tale… Somehow, despite all the odds, I fell in love, moved to the country and started a family! All with the loving care of my partner. I noticed a big positive change in my energies when I became pregnant , for instance I was able to drive a car again, and as a new mum I was super careful with my energy, knowing in my heart of hearts that I would never be able to take on a full schedule again, always fearful of a relapse. How wrong I was!
After hearing about the Lightning Process I wanted to do the course before I left England (it wasn’t available in Australia at that time), because if there was any chance of being rid of the shadow CFS was casting on my life I wanted to grab it. In three short days I learned that I never have to worry about fatigue again. It’s 3 1/2 years on and I now live a vibrant life with my partner and two beautiful daughters. No fatigue. I absolutely love my life. I think we are incredibly lucky having someone like Ian Cleary, who is both incredibly caring and highly skilled, to offer the Lightning Process here in Australia. My only regret is that I didn’t know about the course all those years ago!