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Healing From ME: Coming to Terms With a ME Diagnosis

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

In a previous article, I wrote about the early stages of ME, and how important a ME diagnosis can be for many people. At this stage, it is very common (and completely understandable) to experience a lot of fear, confusion and loss of confidence. And a ME diagnosis from an established authority like a medical doctor can be really affirming - and can make us feel that we are not going mad. The internal chaos in our body and mind has been validated by a professional who knows what they are talking about.

Receiving a ME diagnosis can relieve a lot of fear and anxiety, and it can free up mental space that was caught up in wondering what was going on. I believe this freed up mental space can give us the chance to come to terms with our ME diagnosis, and to accept that we have a serious health condition. I believe that acceptance of our condition is a necessary step on the healing journey.

Often before people receive a ME diagnosis, there can be a tendency to be in denial. People can oscillate between being overwhelmed by the sheer intensity of the symptoms they are feeling, and the related "out of control" emotions, and on the other hand can almost hide away in denial, not wanting to face the reality of what is going on. Receiving the ME diagnosis can mean that we have the time and space to come to terms with what is happening for us.

This of course has its own challenges. Typically, once the relief of receiving a ME diagnosis has passed, people will then enter a time of struggling with the diagnosis, questioning it, feeling a victim ("why me?"), and also identifying with the diagnosis. I remember all the elements of this phase really clearly. I would oscillate wildly, battling with the diagnosis, and feeling powerless - why was my life so hard when everyone else was managing seemingly so easily? One day, I would believe I could "conquer" the illness, whatever it took, and the next day I would be collapsed and passive, resigned to my fate.

At the same time, I began to take on the identity of a person who has received a ME diagnosis. I would read up about the symptoms, and think it was "normal" that I had them, I would read about other people's stories, and my friends would also tell me about people they knew with ME. In short, I began to over-identify with my condition.

After a while, however, I noticed that the extremes of oscillation had begun to "settle down". I was no longer seeing myself as a passive victim of a strange and inexplicable phenomenon called "ME", nor was I blaming myself for having "got" this illness. Rather, I had a realistic view of the reasons that most likely contributed to me having this illness, and I accepted that that was where I was in my life.

For me, this was quite a peaceful time. No longer struggling with my symptoms, and yet at the same time not giving into them and giving them a lot of power over my thoughts and feelings, I was able to just enjoy the things in life that were still pleasurable to me.

I had come then to a place of acceptance - a place that I believe it is necessary to come to before the next stage of healing can happen.The next post will look at how we can move from a place of accepting where we are to beginning to transform limiting beliefs around illness and symptoms.

Fiona Cutts is an energy healer who specialises in working with clients suffering from ME. You can see more about her work with people struggling with this debilitating condition at She has herself recovered from ME using a combination of energy healing, the Emotional Freedom Technique, nutrition, graduated exercise, meditation, chi kung and dance. She is an Integrated Energy Healing, in the tradition of Barbara Brennan, an Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner and a reiki practitioner. You can read more about her and the way she works at her website

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