Note: Ash's Advice is written by, me, Ash, a long-time patient with ME/CFS, FMS, Chronic Lyme, etc. I am not a doctor, and nothing written here should be construed as medical advice. These are simply my musings; a series of letters to my younger self, and to anyone suffering through the "living death" that is… Continue reading Ash’s Advice: Part 3 – On Doctors
"How do you do it?" she asked. "Just how do you manage to keep it together in spite of how miserably sick you often are? It is just so hard to keep doing this, you know?" It is a question I get asked often, and there are a number of answers. First, a rundown of… Continue reading “How Do You Do It?”
Warning: there will be foul words in this post. I don't use them often, but this is just the final straw. Venting ahead... As you, my friends, know, this Summer has been hell. Things got even "hotter" yesterday with the delivery of a letter from social security - and it wasn't the kind of letter… Continue reading A Kick In The Face
ME/CFS patients are often under a great deal of pressure to "stay positive" and told to "visualize yourself healthy and strong again, and you will be." This type of "magical thinking" puts an unfair burden on a person who is already suffering terribly. If they do not improve, then they may be blamed by others… Continue reading Positive/Magical Thinking, Reality, Acceptance, Goals and Dreams
Earlier this week, a Facebook page I "Like" put up a pic that seemed to have been written by a fellow ME/CFS/FMS patient. I'd show it to you, but it appears to have been removed, likely because it was a little too honest. EDIT: thanks to Barbara, I have it! The response to this was… Continue reading When Its Not All Puppies and Kittens
My mother said to me the other day that my brother can't seem to wrap his mind around the concept that I'm really sick and there's really very little that can be done about it. He seems to still think that "if I only went to better doctors or the right hospital, they could figure… Continue reading We Know the Enemy, or ME/CFS/FMS Explained Again.