Are you willing to change your life to regain your health?

Are you spending your time feeling like death, no energy for the basics in life let alone the fun stuff? Are you unable to spend time with the people you love, unable to work or do hobbies? Do you have to drag yourself out of bed to do the most basic of tasks? Do you rely on others to care for you?

I know how it feels, I’ve been there. When I was diagnosed with ME/CFS in  April 2012 I had symptoms in 7 of the 8 categories in the CDC criteria and I also met the more stringent Canada working case definition.  I had so many symptoms and didn’t understand what had happened to the body I had always been able to rely on.

If I turned up at your house and offered you this deal, would you take it?

The Deal: You could have your life back, including energy for socialising, working, hobbies. Whatever it is you want to do with your life, you’ll have the energy to do it in. However, in return you have to:

  • Make sure you get a regular 8-9 hours of sleep a night,
  • Change your diet and take supplements
  • Get adequate good quality rest throughout the day
  • Learn how to meditate and practise it daily
  • Don’t try to do too much too soon. Recovery will take time and you need to not push your body when it doesn’t have the energy for it.
  • You have to do this consistently, every day for months and possibly years.

What would you say if I offered you that deal?

I know if someone had offered me that I would have bitten their hands off. I was desperate to recover. I used a program called Secrets to Recovery from the Optimum Health Clinic, which gave me information about all of the above, and built my belief in recovery.  I used this programme a lot in my first 18 months of illness, and with this and the advice of my nutritionist I have recovered substantially.

When I first found out the recommendations of the OHC revolved around psychology and nutrition I was disappointed.  How could this deal with my symptoms?  I felt like death;  I felt more ill than I ever had in my life.   I thought I needed more than this to regain my health.  However, the results of all my googling didn’t turn up any better ideas to try, so I tried these, and slowly, ever so slowly, they have worked.

I know not everyone can afford the OHC programme or a nutritionist, and that’s why I set up this blog.  To share what has helped me recover in the hope that it will help others.

If you have been ill a long time (or even if you’ve only just been diagnosed), take a look at how you’re living. It’s not easy to change your life, but I believe it’s essential to recovery. The changes are hard at first, but tend to get easier with time, and if there is a chance that you too could recover by making these changes what have you got to lose?

My life now is different to pre-illness.  This is because I’ve recognised that how I was living before was not good for my health. However, I am building a new, happy, healthy life.  I hope you can too.

3 responses to “Are you willing to change your life to regain your health?

  1. Very true Sarah. Getting better takes a lot of determination, discipline and resilience – to keep doing the right stuff every single day, to notice every tiny improvement and get through the dips.

    And open mindedness – too many dismiss the psycological treatments as implying that the illness is mental – so miss out on those benefits.

    I think its about building good habits – and soon those habits, be they dietary, kindness to yourself, getting enough sleep, whatever, replace you old unhelpful ones as your ‘normal’.

    Someone said to me the other day ‘its like a miracle how you’ve recovered’. In some ways it is miraculous but in many ways it is the result of a long hard slog. Absolutely and totally worth it but not easy.

  2. I have just left a comment on another blog post about the OHC before I came across this! Sorry! I only have money to do either the psychology side of it (secrets to recovery) or the nutritional side..unfortunately I can’t do both. I am however going to go down the nutritional route with the OHC and hopefully find some cheaper psychology treatment locally…do you think this will help or in your opinion do you need both OHC treatments to recover fully?? thanks for your help in advance!

    • Hi Jemma,

      I have only used the OHC secret’s to recovery programme, which is a website with lots of information which you can go through at your own pace. I have not consulted with them by phone or in person or attended any of their courses. I think if you can only afford one treatment, then you need to decide what your focus should be. Some people suffer more than others with things like anxiety, depression or negative thought patterns which psychology can help with. For me, once I had digested the Secret’s to Recovery information on psychology, I didn’t feel the need for one-to-one help. My nutritionist (not from the OHC) was hugely helpful to me. I had been taking supplements before we consulted, but it is great to have everything tailored for you, based on test results, and by someone with an understanding of how the different supplements can potentially interact and cause problems. I would say if money is tight then please be aware that you need to factor in the cost of testing and buying supplements into nutrition treatment, it’s not just the cost of the consultation. Good luck with your recovery.

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