Sunday, May 11, 2008
Blogging for Awareness: ME/CFS Day May 12, 2008
I have to admit, talking about CFS is something I do not enjoy. I don't want to be defined by an illness, but feel compelled to write in support of ME/CFS Awareness Day. Here goes ...
Before 2005 I was an energetic, physically active woman. I worked hard and long hours. With 2 children already, we had a baby when I turned 40 and I returned to school part time. I was always taking on projects at our church and our children’s functions.
I took care of everyone except me.
My life now is so different. My family and I have changed our lives drastically. Not only am I unable to work a job that I love, I no longer volunteer or go to school. Any activity will put me in bed for days with exhausting fatigue. And, many days I can’t even get out of bed. I have drastically reduced my activity as a means of coping with this illness.
That is what Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is all about. And that is what over 800,000 American's suffer with each day.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is real. It's a debilitating illness. It changes lives.
Support ME/CFS Day on May 12, 2008.
And thanks to my husband, kids, siblings, and of course, my parents for supporting me! I'm one of the lucky ones!
This article was written by Monica at 8:27 PM