Martha E. Kilcoyne, M.P.H.
I'm Martha, author of DeFeat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: You Don't Have To Live With It and I started this site to offer positive support on the Web for the CFS Community. There's a lot of hard earned wisdom out there for dealing with CFS so let's share it. Here's my story...
When I was three months pregnant with my second child, I caught a flu virus that changed my life. For the next four years I lived in the clutches of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. When I realized that most of the medical profession considered my illness to be "in my head", I felt so isolated, struggling to understand what was wrong with me knowing that it was a real physical illness.
CFS shut down my life as I knew it and forced me to become a recluse spending most of my time in bed between short lived efforts to have a "normal" life. But slowly, through much trial and error, I began to understand the patterns and the cruelty of CFS. In the end, I defeated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and now live a full and healthy life - totally free of CFS.
Professionally, I have worked in the healthcare software industry as a writer and manager of technical support. Since recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I've been a full-time mom and writer. I live in Massachusetts with my husband, John, our two children, Greg and Carolyn, and two cats.
Martha and John
Mount Kilimanjaro, 2000