Today was the first day in about nine months that I had enough energy to walk to Clapham junction Asda from my work and back during my break. That’s ten minutes each way plus shopping around made 40 mins total. I am now having a different approach to such achievements however. Because my hopes that “this is it! I’m getting better!” have been dashed so many times after achieving something and thinking I’ve made progress only to crash back again. I will now celebrate the fact that I have done it without the thoughts that I will continue a linear improvement from here onwards. The truth is, it is possible I won’t be able to do this again for another few months. Because my CFS/ME recovery is crazy erratic even though I observe pacing, I don’t do anything outside the absolute bare minimum to keep a roof over my head, I follow the traffic lights system. I remember when a few months ago I achieved a certain walk and thought things will only keep getting better. They didn’t. I haven’t done that walk since.
I am celebrating today with acknowledgment that I don’t know when I will finally stabilise and continue improving until I achieve full recovery and with belief that this will eventually happen for me.
I heard Dr Charles Shepherd from the #meassociation say some people have steady improvement while some erratic but eventually stabilise (and some never improve but I’m not even taking that into consideration). If your recovery is erratic like mine, share your story. It’s quite disheartening to only see stories of people who make a steady, upward progress. Makes me feel like I’m not recovering.
Second picture, lying down at work after my walk trying to regain strength. By the time I get home tonight, I will have done a total of 1.5 hrs walking today. Payback fatigue, I’m not afraid of you 🖕🏻 #cfsme #mecfs #chronicfatiguesyndrome #myalgicencephalomyelitis #spoonie #spooniesister #invisibleillness #claphamjunction #cfsrecovery #chronicillness #millionsmissing #cfs #battersea
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