Getting diagnosed with the illness is shocking in and by itself, but now that you’ve read about it, you’re not only shocked but also overwhelmed. What should you do first? What treatments are real and who is just trying to take advantage of your situation? It’s hard to make sense of this illness.
Or maybe you’ve been around. You’ve tried a lot of stuff but none of the things you tried helped all that much.
You probably know this is not a ‘take this pill and recover’ type illness. It’s complex and while you don’t have to be an Einstein to put together an ME/CFS Recovery plan, sometimes, with this illness, it sure seems like it would help.
That’s why I’ve designed a course to make it easier for you:
Introducing the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
Health and Happiness Fundamentals E-Course
I’ve largely recovered from CFS and I’d like to provide you with the tools I’ve used along the way, plus all the resources I discovered during my comprehensive research for this course.
Here’s what I’ve got for you.
- A clear step-by-step approach to the “CFS Recovery Project Method” that will help you take control of your recovery and reach your full health and happiness potential.
- A systematic, simple way to understand and implement the techniques I used to recover from ME/CFS.
- An organized reference guide to the “best of the best” that’s appeared on the CFS Recovery Project Blog, other online sources, and the ME/CFS literature, and how it fits together.
Will it work? My promise to you is that if you follow this program rigorously you will be happier and experience better health. Will you experience the improvement I did? We’ll see!
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Johannes has helped me to increase my energy levels and feelings of well-being. I’m glad to have the opportunity to incorporate his techniques into my own ‘CFS Recovery Project’.
noted Chronic Fatigue Syndrome reporter
The 14 Essential Elements of
Reaching Your Full Healing Potential after ME/CFS
Through my six years of experience with ME/CFS and helping others get better, I’ve found fourteen lessons on ME/CFS to be essential.
Yes, fourteen. While you don’t have to be a genius to get better, it does take some knowledge and determination.
Many people find it useful to have a guide with them who helps them take the right steps, process difficult emotions, and guides them in rebuilding a happy life. If that’s you, feel free to schedule a free, phone-based Healing Journey Starter Session to see what I can do for you.
Even if you get additional support, I still recommend you have a look at these lessons, so that you can be sure that you’re making informed choices and are covering all the pieces of getting better from ME/CFS.
- Take control of your recovery. Your best ally on your recovery journey is the person you see in the mirror each morning. You need to take control of your recovery.
- How to get the most from this e-course This lesson will address and propose solutions for common challenges with participating in an e-course, such as screen reading fatigue or not taking action on what you learn.
- Should you plan on a full recovery? Get an idea of what degree of recovery is realistic and learn how to plan your life in a way that allows you to be realistic, yet stay hopeful and motivated to get better.
- Get diagnosed. Learn what a thorough diagnosis of ME/CFS entails and how to make sure your doctor doesn’t miss anything.
- Join a support group. The pros and cons of joining a support group and how to find the group that’s right for you.
- How to find good doctors and turn them into your allies. Treating an enigmatic condition such as ME/CFS poses many challenges to physicians. They don’t know what to do with you and that’s why they might react with disbelief toward your situation or try to get rid of you as a patient altogether. In this lesson you’ll learn how to deal with doctors.
- The art of pacing— Pacing is frequently named as the most helpful treatment of ME/CFS (for example here and here). Learn everything you need to know to get started with pacing.
- Experiments—the only way to find out what works for you. Many believe that ME/CFS is basically an umbrella diagnosis for different illnesses with with an unknown cause that have some symptoms in common. If you attend a self-help group meeting, you’ll notice that, of the ten people in the room, each person names different treatments that help them. Therefore, treatments that work for John Doe, might not work for you and vice versa. So how do you find out what works for you? The answer is to experiment. In this session you’ll learn everything you need to know about experiments, plus the two best experiments to start with.
- Rest—the right and the wrong way. People with ME/CFS need to rest to get better. But not all rest is created equal. Learn about the three different types of exhaustion and how you can get the deepest, most healing rest possible.
- The simple guide to nutrition. Identifying food sensitivities and adjusting your diet is for many one of the fastest ways to significantly improve their condition. Learn what you need to know about allergy tests, the elimination diet, and nutritional supplements for ME/CFS.
- How to find out what medical treatments are right for you. There are countless treatments for ME/CFS out there, almost all of them are considered “alternative treatments”. Learn about the best resources for finding out what treatments are right for you.
- When to stop a treatment or medication. By this time, you might already be trying a host of supplements, medicines, and other solutions. Learn what doctors say about when to stop treatments and how to do it in a way that tells you whether a treatment has been working—or not.
- Exercise right—the secret to not killing yourself. There are things you can do wrong about exercising when you have ME/CFS. The worst things are exercising too much, which initiates the so called “boom and bust” cycle, and exercising too little which can also worsen your symptoms and physical condition.
- Bringing your body into a healing state. Research indicates that people with ME/CFS are extremely susceptible to stress, which is a killer for healthy people and, as research indicates, even worse for people with ME/CFS. Learn how to identify subconscious as well as conscious stress and how to get your body into a happy, relaxed, healing state.
- Bonus Lesson 1: Taking care of our bodies without making it too hard on ourselves. Do you ever feel like you’re the only one who has to jump through all these hoops to take care of your body while everyone else is having fun and eating ice cream? Then this session is for you. Learn how to make your self-care activities easier, and even enjoyable.
- Bonus 2: Deal with emotions. ME/CFS is likely posing the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your life so far. It forces you to give up things from your pre-ME/CFS life, which often comes with a sense of loss and grief. This lesson will give you an overview of approaches for processing emotions in a happy, healing way.
Bring it all together (plus info on the course format)
Each of these lessons enhances the others. Together, they’re much stronger than they would be if any of the lessons were missing.
The “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Health and Happiness Fundamentals” are a free 14-part course and ongoing newsletter that’s delivered via email. Each week you’ll get a new lesson.
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About the Author: Johannes Starke came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) in 2007. Ever since then, he has made it his life’s focus to find out what it takes to regain as much health and happiness as possible. Read in his story how he regained all of his happiness and most of his pre-ME/CFS functionality, about his credentials as a Health Coach for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia, and why he is so passionate about his work.