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So if you have been following my blog, you may be wondering where I have been the past two months? Well for the past year, I have been battling chronic fatigue syndrome and frequent infections nonstop. Which is why in 2017, I wasn’t as consistent with blogging as I have been in the past. I rarely write posts that are about my personal life. Today I am shaking things up by being completely transparent through this full disclosure life update post.
Basically, I would get really sick (strep throat, sinus infections, flu, etc) at least once a month. Sometimes, even more, one time I was sick 3 different times in one month, yikes!
During these times, I would be completely bedridden for almost a week, sometimes longer. It was very strange because I was so tired physically and my muscles felt so weak, but nothing seemed to fix it (even getting 8+ hours of sleep). I thought maybe I’m depressed, but I didn’t feel sad or show any other signs of depression. My fiance Phillip said that every time he would check on me I seemed so happy and in a positive mood, but I still couldn’t get out of bed.
Over the past year, I have seen SEVERAL doctors and even was hospitalized all to find out that “nothing was wrong with me.” Extremely frustrating for anyone to hear, when you feel sick all of the time.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis
Finally, after getting sick again at the beginning of January and being in bed over 10 days on January 11th I was rushed to the emergency room. By this point, I could not walk or lift anything (Phillip even had to blow dry my hair for me).
At the Emergency Room, I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome); a unique disorder where the mitochondria in your body do not produce ATP (energy) properly. So even the tiniest things like working out, staying up late, traveling cause you to “crash” where you are back in bed, sick for days or sometimes weeks.
Since this fun ER visit (sarcastic tone), I have been seeing a specialist who officially diagnosed me with: Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS) and Fibromyalgia after very extensive lab testing. I am going through their holistic treatment program now (seeing positive results so far, yay). Next up is to have an infectious panel completed in April (my white blood cell count and lymphocytes were really low) to determine if the underlying cause of all of this is an autoimmune disease (like lupus which is what my grandmother had).
What’s Going On Now?
I know this is a long article about myself. I felt the need to share this life update with you guys to be completely transparent. Good news is that I am staying very positive throughout the whole process. I made a promise to myself that I will not let this illness keep me from achieving my dreams. Each day will bring a challenge but my goal is to live my life the way God intended. A huge part of that life is blogging, which I love. My ultimate plan is to eventually go back to my original posting schedule of five days per week. To start though, I will be posting 3 days per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Thank you so much for so supportive throughout my blogging journey. I never want to let you guys down. So I can’t wait to create amazing content to make up for lost time. I hope you all have an amazing week. Check back here on Wednesday for some amazing self-care tips to try this year.
Have any tips for overcoming chronic fatigue or just want to say hi? Leave a comment below and you just might see your advice in a future blog post about overcoming chronic fatigue.