After three hours of digging, pulling, hauling and mulching, we had completed four sections. We were sweaty, caked with dirt and tired. My son observed that the fence was so long that it didn’t feel like we made any progress for all the work we’d done. Of course, it reminded me of my struggle with ME/CFS and the days that I felt the same way about how slow my recovery seemed to be. Some weeks, I didn’t think I was any closer to being well again despite all my efforts at following the protocol and ‘doing the right things’.
Standing at the fence, it was my turn to say, “Don’t look at how far we have to go, look at how far we’ve come.” That’s what my advocate said to me when I was struggling with ME/CFS and couldn’t see the improvements in my health. It was helpful to hear, “six months ago, you had to sit during a shower and someone had to wash your hair because you couldn’t hold your arms up over your head for that long.” It was true. Six months later, I could take a shower standing up. OK, I had to rest before and after but it was progress.
So this morning before the heat cranked up, we finished eight more sections in our third round of digging and mulching. We still have a long way to go – not quite half way yet but what we’ve finished looks great. And when you think about the long path to recovery from ME/CFS, remember to look at how far you’ve come. Are you seeing progress? Please COMMENT on this blog or Send in your thoughts and I’ll post them with your permission. You can use the Contact Form or send an email to Martha at DefeatCFS dot net. And Guest Blogs are most welcome!
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Be Well Again,