Who am I and why am I here?
I'd have to start, though, with -- who was I?
Twenty-four years ago, I came down with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also called chronic fatigue syndrome. It's often known as ME/CFS.
Before it knocked me over completely, I had been a very busy woman with a satisfying life.
I raised and homeschooled five children, now ages 25 - 33. I was active in our church. I led a local homeschooling support group, and was the homeschool liaison with the local school board.
Our family had had articles written about us in three publications, one local and two national. I had just started moving into a home business, editing and proofreading, and the future was looking bright.
This was my life before ME/CFS.
Fifteen years ago, I finally surrendered the last of these involvements. I knew no one outside of my own family anymore. I was too sick for visits or phone calls. The world went on without me. And on, and on, for many years.
But I am making a comeback. My health is gradually being restored. And that is why I'm here.
I want to speak to other people who've been run over by ME/CFS. I want to offer suggestions that might help restore health, and to encourage hope for a better future.
Chronic illness is pervasive in our world, and many people are confused and stymied about how to become healthy and whole again.
My drive is to share information and raise awareness about those who are chronically ill, and to shed light on ways of dealing with poor health, and living the fullest life possible. The ultimate goal is for recovery through any means possible.