Who am I and why am I here?
I'd have to start, though, with -- who was I?
Eighteen years ago, I came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 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 19 - 27. 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 CFS.
Eight 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 felled by CFS. I want to offer suggestions that might help restore health, and to encourage hope for a better future.