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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: 10 Ways To Make Thanksgiving Easier

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9) Many with CFS live in poverty.

A favorite food or a gift certificate to a grocery store would be right on the money. Consider a bottle of omega-3 oil or vitamin D. You'd be surprised what is a luxury to people with no money. Taking them shopping or better yet, doing their shopping for them may be the greatest gift of all. Especially if you foot the bill for some of it. Or all of it.

10) Some with CFS are so sick that almost none of the above applies to them.

They may have to be alone in a darkened room -- if they have a room. They may be living outside. Many do. They're homeless because of financial ruin that dropped on them when they got too sick to work. Or they're so chemically sensitized to toxins in our environment that they can't live among us. They're in the woods, or in the desert, in a tent, a car or a gutted van. They may live this way for days, week, months or years. For some it's decades.

It may seem almost pointless or embarrassing to do something for Thanksgiving for someone in this situation, when their needs are so great. But every contact and every small creature comfort matters. And every reassurance that they're not forgotten by the rest of the world is something more to stand on.

I spent 15 years losing the battle against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Three years ago, I found treatment that worked for me, and now I am making a comeback.

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I expect there are other things that are more of a priority. Like breathing, and not having sound pierce your ears, not being worn out and having your brain becoming fractured ... Not having a crash due to the exertion of having company ... The essentials must be met, and it sounds like you've got your priorities good and straight.

I wish you well, and hope for healing for you.

Thanks for writing about your thoughts.

December 7, 2010 - 3:21pm
EmpowHER Guest

Things like having celebrations or going to other people's houses for something like this are pretty much over for me, at least for now. I can't imagine spending my precious energy on them.

December 7, 2010 - 3:05pm


Your post underscores some of the reality of what I was writing about. Thanks for helping to give a fuller picture of what it's like for many who are chronically ill.

I hope you have a restful and pleasant night.

November 25, 2010 - 7:43pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am actually by myself away from my family
but it's ok because I know that this is what my
body needs right now - quiet relaxation.
When I feel stronger, I know my family will be there
for me.

November 25, 2010 - 3:30pm

Thanks, Anonymous.

Glad to know I'm hitting the mark. :)

I hope you're able to enjoy a peaceful but satisfying Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2010 - 1:12pm
EmpowHER Guest

Jody did it again.
In her clear sensible way, she is expressing what all of us stricken with this illness feel.
thank you!

November 25, 2010 - 1:03pm
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