I’ve never shared how I cured myself of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, and two more viral reactivations. The path to healing from chronic illness is messy without a direct path. By sharing my experience, it can bring hope to those who need to hear my story, and also provide real testimonials of treatments that work. Also, note that I wasn’t privileged with financial funds to splurge on any everything, so I made it work on a budget. From nutrition to ozone therapy and acupuncture, each treatment carved a path to healing, and the catalyst was the gift of neuroplasticity.
When I first was sick in 2012, CFS was just making its way on the radar at doctor’s offices. I remember watching the Oprah show as a kid when they debating on what Chronic Fatigue Syndrome really was, skeptics labeled it “the Yuppie Flu“. It was hard to watch perfectly healthy people being meanspirited calling those sick calling “lazy” and making fun of the calling into work sick. This is because medicine hadn’t caught up yet to this mystery illness.
I was lucky enough to see Dr. Rey under Dr. Nancy Klimas at NSU in early 2013 because I lived in Miami. It’s worth noting, there were only 3-5 specialists who treated CFS during that time, and people were on waitlists for months and years. While I received useful treatment, and information there was only so far they could guide me over the next 4 years. I thought I would have to live with this forever but I refused to stick to that story, especially after learning about epigenetics and neuroplasticity.
This is when I enrolled in nutrition school becoming a certified health and wellness coach. I applied everything I learned. Little did I know that my journey was just beginning, and ending with me healing my brain and limbic system for a full recovery.
Epidemic survivors from the Lake Tahoe outbreak of Epstein-Barr Virus, Erik Johnson, described the illness as follows: “Marathon runners, overnight, could not climb a flight of stairs. People who set out in the morning for work had to be carried home. Those who could still drive got lost trying to find their way home. A math teacher could not do addition. An English teacher could not conjugate a sentence. That is called “brain fog” and it can be debilitating day after day.
While this is acute and can last for a few years, it can then become chronic and also reactivating (like relapse) depending on your immune system function, which depends on how much stress you’re experiencing. Stress comes in many forms, emotional, mental, chemical, and biological. This is food, relationships, conversations, fumes, mold, and climate (everything).
Bottom line, after the acute infection and disruption of your body, you’re body becomes stress intolerant and will react to the smallest amount of the above-mentioned stress.
After I cleaned up and repaired my mind, body, and soul I focused on preparing my brain and limbic system because neuroplasticity works.
It’s important to understand my path and the root cause is not everyone else’s, so make sure you do your research for your treatment plan taking into consideration individual root causes, and other medical acute and chronic issues (mental health too).
Every day, I continue to strive to live a life that is healthier than before when I became ill. We all change and evolve and making my health a priority while also keeping important priorities in life is a constant balancing act. It can be done so find your mantra and live by the emotions of how you want to feel, be, and act.