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My Amazing Recovery

Posted by on Nov 9, 2009 in CFS, Depression, disability, EBV, Emotion, Faster EFT, Fibromyalgia, insomnia, Linda Esser, Mono, pain, Recovery, Robert Smith, stress, trauma | 2 comments

by B. Grace Jones Completely baffled by waves of debilitating fatigue, I pleaded with God. What is happening to me? Moving to Alaska began as an amazing adventure. Although I ultimately became totally disabled for three years, this led me to something even more amazing. For two decades I had worked full time in Oklahoma. I raised a family, divorced, and fell in love with Alaska during a vacation. Burned out by my Graphic Design career, increasing job stress created new bodily symptoms. Disinterested in making a local change, I packed and headed north. Previously, I had been treated for chest, neck, head, jaw, shoulder and back pain, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, etc. Medications were prescribed for heart palpitations, muscle spasms, inflammation, pain and insomnia. I was often referred to Physical Therapy (PT). I pushed through pain and fatigue to work, only taking sick days for “digestive problems.” My sole diagnosis was Mitral Valve Prolapse. My new job in Anchorage was less stressful and all went well for a while. Updated medical tests confirmed I had no heart condition. I stopped taking the medication I never needed, since the side effects matched the symptoms it treated. This created a desire to phase out all medications. My confidence in Western medicine diminished. I looked for other options. Limited by medical insurance, I found a Physician’s Assistant with knowledge of alternative therapies. I improved my nutrition, used PT exercises and heat to manage pain and spasms. The onset of menopause began to affect my work performance. Then, personnel changes at work created incomparable stress. I wanted to change my career to the Healing Arts. I went to career counselors, who advised against it and suggested finding a different job in Graphic Design. I needed to leave my job but was incapable of making a change because of worsening depression and insomnia from menopause. I resisted taking medications and gained relief with nutritional changes and essential oils. However, I was stuck trying to survive at work and make the best of a deteriorating situation. A decade from retirement, I developed fear around not being financially prepared. I kept my job and began to work at home to build a business and create supplemental income. I rented the spare room, was a vendor at two fairs and took two trips outside Alaska, all within four months. It was a great recipe for stress overload. I came down with a terrible sore throat and within a week was too ill to work. Completely baffled by waves of debilitating fatigue, I pleaded with God. What is happening to me? What did I do wrong? It simply came to me: This is not all about you. I knew then, whatever this experience was, somehow it would help me to help others. Diagnosed with Mononucleosis, I did not recover within several months. After numerous tests and consultations with two medical doctors, the diagnosis was Chronic Mono and Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (FM/CFS). Western medicine had little to offer. Even with that brutal combination, I was determined to find a way to recover. With my body feeling as if I was moving through wet concrete, I began my own research. This led to a series of alternative healing methods, which offered minimal symptom management. One theory is that FM is triggered by a trauma. I reviewed my life to determine the onset of symptoms and when they increased. I identified the possible trauma, but didn’t know what to do about it. I practiced my best what the contemporary masters teach, but still lacked skills for practical application. I inquired...

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