My Journey Part 3 – Getting Sick, The Wedding

Tony and I got married on June 22, 1996. In the weeks, leading up to the wedding, I felt no better, no worse. Just the same symptoms – calling it mono – and hoping one day I would just wake up and come out of it. My friends and family were amazing at taking care of me and all the wedding details. I could never have done it without them. Days before the big day, I came down with a terrible sore throat with visible white patches. Back to the doctor (different doctor). It was some kind of throat infection and antibiotics were prescribed. Like I needed another ailment on top of what I already had.

My wedding pictures tell a beautiful story. We all looked good and the ceremony was amazing. Picture perfect. Continue reading

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My Journey Part 2 – Getting Sick, College

During my college years, my body somehow learned to sleep better, not great, but better. I don’t know how or why, but I am grateful for it. I don’t think I could have survived college without proper sleep. My college years were similar to my high school years in that I was involved in lot of different activites. Music groups, opera theater productions, social events, basketball, cheer-leading, sorority officer, etc… I am somewhat shy, so I don’t have this big booming personality, but I think I do have the type A drive. I was definitely a perfectionist in certain areas, but not every area. (Just ask my mom what my room looked like as a teenager. It wasn’t pretty!)

The first semester of my senior year (1995) was packed FULL of stress. It was generally good stress, but I had so much going on in my life. Continue reading

My Journey Part 1 – Life Before CFS

My life has been good. God has blessed me abundantly. I have memories of a very happy, stable childhood. No abuse, no traumatic events, no car accidents, or chronic illness. I accepted Christ into my life at a very young age. My parents had a stable marriage and provided a loving Christian home. I have one sibling, an older brother, who I got along with fairly well. I actually really enjoyed life in my adolescent and teen years. I went to a private, Christian school and was highly involved in the many different extracurricular activities the school had to offer. I got good grades. I was captain of the high school basketball team and captain of the cheer-leading squad. I sang in the school choir, small ensemble groups, and played in a hand-bell choir. My school’s music groups were very competitive and won many awards. I took piano and voice lessons and played piano and sang for church and school activities. I was in church 2-3 times each week. I had a lot of great friends. I dated some, but no major boyfriends or breakups. I consider my high school years some of the happiest times in my life. I loved life.

In hindsight, there was only one tiny little thing that could have given me a clue about my future illness. I didn’t sleep well. Continue reading

My First Post!

Well, my first blog post!  Let’s see how this goes.  My plan is to blog about the things that encourage me and lift my spirits as I walk the journey of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.  My hope is to inspire fellow sufferers along the the way to stay spiritually grounded in the midst of chronic illness.  Keep an eye out for “Tuesday Tips”.  I’ll break away from inspiration blogging to  sharing my personal coping tips.  I’ve spent fifteen+ years searching for little ways to help me feel better from day to day and I am happy to pass along my experience.  Although, each person’s CFS/FM journey is different, I am hoping that my tips may help some of my readers. Check out the About page and learn more about me and the purpose of this blog.  The next five blogs will be a series entitled “My Journey”.  It will chronicle the beginnings of my illness in 1995 and tell my story through the years.  After that, we’ll dive into inspirational blogging.  Thanks for reading!  Glad you could join me!