The Lonely Goblin

There is no time like Halloween for feeling home sick. It’s when us naive Canadians (and Americans, I assume) realize that Halloween is not the anticipated, drink and chocolate filled event of our homeland to the rest of the world. One could spend weeks thinking of the best costume idea she ever had only to not have a single party to attend. Part of me is relieved, it has been a stressful couple months, combined with just getting over a cold and having a busy few weeks ahead; I should really be taking some time to rest and get back into my yoga practice. But the other part of me is still searching for a laid back halloween party to strut my punny costume at.

Over the years I have become adept at creating ‘easy’ costumes. Perhaps it is because of CFS, perhaps it is because I am not the most creatively inclined, or don’t want to spend much on a costume. Or perhaps I am just downright lazy when it comes to Halloween (despite my love of a good costume party). Yet I have always managed to impress with my silly costume ideas. I won’t share this years just yet as I still have hopes of using it and don’t want to ruin the surprise. But, I will share a few of my previous years costumes to provide some inspiration for anyone who feels a little spark tonight to go out and enjoy the holiday!

1. Blackmail 

I did not look this good doing it

I did not look this good doing it

2. Zombie Celebrity or Historical Figure

Find a celeb you kind of look like, throw on too much eyeliner and some fake blood and hit the streets!

Find a celeb you kind of look like, throw on too much eyeliner and some fake blood and hit the streets!

3. The Freudian Slip 

Puns never fail me

Puns never fail me

4. Hipster 

Everyone hates hipsters. Also, everyone has weird old clothes lying around somewhere in their house. Easy and fun! Even hipsters can appreciate it

Everyone hates hipsters. Also, everyone has weird old clothes lying around somewhere in their house. Easy and fun! Even hipsters can appreciate it

Are you going out for Halloween? Are you a lazy costumer like me? Do you have any suggestions for easy costume ideas?

Happy Halloween!


Open letter to normals

We just have to keep smiling

I found this and thought I would share it with you all… Please note I didn’t write this

Open Letter To Normals

These are the things that I would like you to understand about me before you judge me…

Please understand that being sick doesn’t mean I’m not still a human being. I have to spend most of my day flat on my back in bed and I might not seem like great company, but I’m still me stuck inside this body. I still worry about school and work and my family and friends, and most of the time I’d still like to hear you talk about yours too. Please understand the difference between “happy” and “healthy”.

When you’ve got the flu you probably feel miserable with it, but I’ve been sick for years. I can’t be miserable all the time, in fact I work hard at not being miserable…

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Cold Warrior

“it’s going around” they say, “everyone is getting sick”.  I may try to ignore the signs, yet I can’t help but notice my voice is slowly turning into mere croaking, my sinuses are clogging up, and I’m cold. All the time.  It’s not uncommon to get a cold at this time of year; the seasons are changing, and the stress busting days of summer are too far behind us to lend any enthusiasm to working life. Yet all my fellow cold sufferers seem to be pushing through their days: a little grumpier, and often interrupting important conversations with a hacking cough- but overall seem not so badly affected.

How I looked when I woke up this morning

How I looked when I woke up this morning

On Fridays (TGIF, am I right?) I only work from home, yet even crawling into my bed with my laptop to respond to some emails seemed like an exhausting thing to do. Instead I opted to put on some new episodes of Breaking Bad (and by new I mean Season 2 because I am very behind- no spoilers please!) while stuffing my face with soup, fruit, crackers, and tea. By noon my cough was beginning to break and my nose was running heavily. I could feel success beginning to trickle in – I’ll be back to my normal self in a few days.

I know a cold isn’t supposed to be a big deal.  I know I’m meant to be able to go to work or school and take some cold medication or Advil if I need it to get through the day. But do I really want to just get through the day? I understand the necessity on certain occasions, but more often than not doesn’t it just turn into getting through the week…month…year- this event, or that course- until eventually, I’m just getting through my life. I know our jobs are meant to be these all important entities, holding dire consequences if a project gets finished a couple days late. Yet more often than not those dire consequences are just someone else being a little bit grumpy that it’s a day or two late.

What’s the worst that could happen? Can’t I just take a few days off. CFS has forced me to listen to my body, even when I felt like my body wasn’t listening to me. We somehow learned to have conversations, and eventually become friends and allies. If I am willing to nourish my symptoms of CFS, shouldn’t I be willing to do the same for any ailment- including a cold?

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Photo Credit: colorblindPICASO via Compfight cc

I’m sure I could just ‘get through’ this or that if I needed to. But wouldn’t I rather rest and be with myself- and my television and my books for a couple days, and then really give my best energy to my work. I’ll enjoy it more, my work will be of higher quality, I’ll be more excited to learn and move on to something new- and yet the message I’m often sent is taking those couple days is unacceptable- it makes you weak. Yet, when I hold those two images side by side in my mind; one taking cold syrup every few hours, and sitting at her computer with a pile of Kleenex and sleep deprived eyes, and the other, a well rested and energetic woman, a couple days behind on her work but facing it with enthusiasm and bright eyes- it’s no mystery to me which one is strong.

What about you? How do you deal with a cold on top of your CFS symptoms? Would you take the day off?


I am Part of the WordPress Family and The Versatile Blogger Award

While the Oscars are still months away, it feels like awards season has struck the CFS/Fibro blogging world. It has been very exciting seeing all the different awards and nominations going around to some very inspirational bloggers, and I am happy to accept both the Versatile Blogger Award and the I am Part of the WordPress Family Award!

First of all, I would like to thank Tlohuis for both of the nominations.  She writes an honest and inspirational blog about living with chronic illness that you definitely need to follow!

The Versatile Blogger Award requires that I reveal 7 interesting facts about myself:

1. I was diagnosed with CFS when I was only 13

2. I have traveled to 24 countries

3. I have run a sprint distance triathlon

4. I have a slight problem with Mcdonalds

5. I used to be a competitive swimmer

6. The Harry Potter  books got me through some of my worst CFS moments

7. I have seen the Lord of the Rings movies too many times to count.

Here are my nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Fairy Blogs About ME

Dear Little Disease

Counting My Spoons

Beth Landau

Mariflies Blog

My nominees for the WordPress Family Award are:

My Fibrotastic Life

Dawny Hosking

Notes from the Fog

Fish Out of Water

Sloth and Slothability

Here are the Official rules for each:

Versatile Blogger Award

1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who nominated you.
3. Present 15 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.
5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself

WordPress Family Award

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your wordpress experience and family
4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them
5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.

Thanks for Reading!

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The Danger of Classifying CFS as a ‘Physical Illness’

Rantings of a psychology major

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you have a convincing enough cough, and put a warm cloth on your forehead before your mom comes in to wake you in the morning, that you get a sick day, and can stay home guilt free. We are conditioned from a young age to believe that the only ‘legitimate’ kind of illness- is one that you can see. This is not only true for illness, we live in a society where ‘seeing is believing’ (despite multiple studies that show our sight may not be as reliable as we think). This creates a dichotomy of thought (ie. Visible= real and invisible = unreal), that oversimplifies the physical world, and especially the human body.

“There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who believe there are two kinds of [illness] in the world and those who don’t.”
Robert Benchley, American Humorist (1888-1946)

We like to think that our mind is in our control. It is the essence of who we are, our thoughts and emotions live there, and it is the centre for intellectual growth and stimulation. Whereas, our bodies are outside of our control; we might get a cold, gain a few pounds, break a bone or grow a tumor- and it seems like luck. We can’t change the body we were born with- healthy eating or exercise may help, but the healthiest people still end up with lung cancer, there is not much we can do once a tumor starts to grow in our body. We want our bodies to be ‘fixed’ when they are malfunctioning, rather than figuring out why they malfunctioned in the first place. But when the mind malfunctions, this is something to be looked down upon rather than empathized with. However, as more research gets done on different kinds of illness, it is becoming clear that the effect of the mind on the body is greater than we imagined. People with certain personality types are more likely to get cancer or heart disease, others are more likely to be obese or anorexic. Certain patterns of thought lead to depression, or anxiety, whereas for other people those same thoughts may lead to extreme perfectionism or Obsessive Compulsive personality disorder.

We are all born with certain genetic predispositions. Some of those show up physically, and others show up psychologically. For example, many people in University would be classified as alcoholics based on the amount they drink on a social level. Yet, most people leave university able to moderate their drinking habits and live normally, whereas others become alcoholics. They didn’t act any differently than their peers, but their genetic disposition combined with their environment and their actions led to their disease.

So while heart disease may seem like a straightforward condition, things like stress levels, thought patterns, eating patterns, and genetic predispositions have all accumulated over the years to lead to the heart episode. It seems unfair, because the person with the heart disease may not have done anything differently than any of his peers, and yet based on things like gender or genetics, he was more likely to have a heart episode- and did. This is true of all illness, just replace heart episode with panic attack, or bedridden.

It is no surprise that people suffering from invisible and psychological illnesses spend so much effort hoping to be believed. Getting the support you need both from family and friends, and from society (ie. Time off work or school, sick pay, etc.) rests on being believed. And of course, how do we become believed? We need a visual- and that can be hard to come by. However, when we put too much effort in trying to find this physical proof, we undermine both other invisible illnesses, and the role that the mind can have on a person’

I worry, that people living with CFS are waiting around for a physical cause or symptom to be found, because on some level, helping ourselves by, for example, changing our thought patterns or lifestyles, admits defeat. If we are cured without a great medical discovery, it means we were just faking our coughs and putting hot cloths on our head all along, that it’s not okay to get better until we have been acknowledged as very seriously ill by the medical community.

Maybe this will happen someday- I don’t know. But until then, it may be wiser to become advocates for the seriousness of invisible illnesses, and of ‘mind-body’ illness rather than body searching for physical causes. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective) we are not all built to do the same things. Just like we are not all 6’4 with size 14 feet – built to be an Olympic swimmer, we are not all built to live in big busy cities, with high stress,high jobs, and eating over processed foods. But, if we’ve failed as an Olympic swimmer does it mean we should sit on the side of the pool moping and watching the others go by? No, it means we should get back in the pool, but lose the competitive edge, and we should try a different sport.

The Liebster Award

I have just been nominated for a Liebster award! Should I choose to accept (which I enthusiastically do!) I have a mission ahead of me. The instructions on acceptance have been clearly laid out by the lovely Dawnyhosking who also happens to be my nominator! Many thanks for the nomination, and you should definitely check out her blog! Not only does she have great articles on living with CFS and Fibro, but she writes beautiful prose as well! Here is the link to her blog again: – read all the things!

update: I am very honoured to say that I have also been nominated for this award by the wonderful Charlotte. She writes a great blog about living with Chronic Illness and CFS that you should check out here: Fish out of water I’ve answered her questions below!

Thoughts on the Liebster Award

If, like many, you were too lazy/foggy/enthralled by my post to learn more about the Liebster award, I will explain a little bit about the history here:

It is the stuff legends are made of. No one knows where the award originated, but the word is German, so we have our suspicions. However, the word means ‘Dearest’ or ‘Favourite’ in German, leaving us to wonder if a German person did indeed create the award, or if some caring Austrian or Swiss chap did the deed.  It seems to be awarded to new bloggers, as a way of recognizing their accomplishments, and helping newbies gain cred in the blogosphere. Unlike your traditional awards, all nominees may win, or ‘lose’ simply by choice. If you do choose to accept, the stipulation is that you answer some fun/personal questions on your blog, and pass the honour on by nominating 10 of your new blogger friends.

Now, for my Q&A:

1. What time do you get up in the morning?

I aim for 7:30, but usually closer to 9:30 😛

2. What’s the last thing that made you laugh out loud?

Any episode of 30 rock

3. Money no object what do you buy?

Round the World ticket

4. Energy no issue what do you do?

Travel, work, play, and give

5. Favourite famous person and why?

Tina Fey. See question #2

6. Do you watch Game of Thrones, if not why not?  It’s good.

Yes!! It’s not good it’s great!

7. What’s your favourite cuddly toy, you must have one?

My blankee *blushes*

8. Do you count calories?  

Sometimes, but I’m not so great at math

9. Are you happy in this moment, now?

yes 🙂

10. Who is your favourite band?

Walk off the Earth

Questions from Charlotte:

1. If you could invent anything in the world, without limitations of time, matter, space, or money- what would it be?

Teleporting- definitely.

2.  If you could live forever, what would you do today?

Take a full day to sleep and watch movies without feeling guilty

3. What’s one item you couldn’t live with out?

My childhood blankee *blushes*

4. If you had to stay in one place forever, where would it be?


5. How would you spend your last $20?

On the most delicious food (poutine if possible) I could find.

6. What will your next blog post be about?

Funny you should ask- I was just thinking about that! Maybe Dysautonomia

7.  If you had to stay one age forever, what age would it be?

8 or 23

8. What’s your favourite food?

Poutine/ Chips/French Fries and also Chocolate. And also sushi. It’s really hard to choose from so many options!

9. What is one activity that makes you instantly happy?

Yoga, cuddling, going for a walk in nature, or watching something funny.

10. What’s your favourite thing about having a chronic illness? 

Having to make it a necessity to put my needs first.

And the Nominations…

ME/CFS self-help guru

Simply Whole Foods

You Are Sunshine


The Nocturnal Laundress

Stranger than Fiction

A Teen with CFS

Just Another F-Bomb

Someone’s Idea of Luxury

Three Quarters Full

And now my questions for you…

1. What is your favourite movie?

2. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

3. If you could live forever, what would you do today?

4. Which superpower would you choose: flying, super speed, or invisibility? 

5. Which would you rather? 4 legs, or 4 arms?

6.  What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?

7. E-reader, or paper book?

8. Which country is next on your bucket list?

9. If you could invent anything in the world, without limitations of time, matter, space, or money- what would it be?

10. What will your next blog post be about?

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How to Get the Right Kind of Support

I hate asking for help. Not the kind of help that I need when I download too many files to my desktop and my computer can barely function, or help moving heavy furniture, or taking out the trash. I struggle asking for help achieving my deeper needs and desires.

When hearing stories of my childhood, I am often told of how I learned to walk at just 10 months, and whenever we went out in public, I kicked and squirmed until I was set free. I wanted to be out and about; exploring and roaming on my own! That adventurous, independent spirit has stuck with me my entire life. I don’t mind asking for help with unpleasant tasks, but when it comes down to it, I want to know I can make it on my own. It feels essential to my self worth, that I would be able to survive in the somewhat unlikely chance that I was stranded alone in the wilderness in a foreign land. Perhaps this comes from my obsession with adventure stories, or my desires to travel around the world as a solo female (read: Amazonian Queen), but wherever the root of that need comes from, it has tailed me my entire life.

It is strange that this desire to “survive”,actually goes against, what should be, my natural survival instincts. We need other people, both on a personal level and as part of a greater community. I know that getting love, support, and connection from close relationships is incredibly important to my emotional well-being and sanity, and I also have a strong desire to stay connected to my community.

Yet, for some reason it still goes against my nature to ask for the kind of support I need most. I want my friends and family to either provide the right support through psychic knowledge, or not at all. Asking for the “real” kind of help, makes me feel vulnerable and afraid, which can increase symptoms of illness and fatigue.  However, showing that vulnerability, when it is well received, deepens the relationship for both people involved and creates a sense of empowerment; for me, for knowing and asking for what I need, and for my supporter, for finally being able to help in a way that is well…actually helpful.

Here are some tips that have aided me in learning to ask for support, I hope they help you as well!

  • Ask the Right Person. I know you felt a sparking connection with that guy you met at the cocktail bar, but as you lucidly tell him how no one understands your problems and think he is the one to make you feel better, he will immediately begin looking for ways to slip away unseen. We want to be there for the people we love, but being a supporter involves a lot of emotional commitment. It will only make you feel more vulnerable if you ask someone for help and they reject you. This can be avoided by choosing the relationships that are already built on a foundation of trust, love, and support. Find the people already in your corner, and they will be glad you asked.
  • Figure out what you need. Sometimes, I think I want help with a task or decision, but what I really need is someone to sit and listen to me while making sympathetic gestures and sounds. Before you ask for help, it is important to figure out exactly what you will ask for, or you will both end up feeling confused. For example, do you need help with cooking?  Housework? Office workload? Child care? Massages (always)? Or just someone to listen and not try to solve the problems they can’t really understand.  This can often be the hardest one to ask for, as it is strictly emotional support, and as a woman, men often have a hard time grasping this one. Write down what you will ask for before you begin the conversation with your supporter, and be very specific.
  • Ask Directly. This is no time to rely on your ESP and hope your friend or partner can figure out what you are trying to say. They have no idea what living with CFS is like. You need to explain it to them, and be direct in your requests. Most of the time your loved ones are just confused at your erratic symptoms and don’t know how to help. They will not think you are being too forward or rude, they will be happy that they finally have a way to help.
  • Show Appreciation. Maybe your ‘dinner’ turned out to be a dry, chewy chunk of meat, or the office administrator did not edit the copy to your standards. That sort of thing happens.  Show your GENUINE appreciation for the effort they have put in. Positive reinforcement is more effective than negative reinforcement, so if they feel that what they are doing is appreciated and helpful, they will continue to offer help and support and your relationship will continue to grow.
  • Give Feedback. If appropriate, you can give some feedback, (‘honey, maybe next time cook the pot roast for half the time’, or ‘you’re attention to detail is great, and you need to focus more on punctuation and your use of commas’). Remember that not everything needs to be perfect or as you would have done it. Having something done well at 80% is better than having something not done at all at 100%. Giving constructive and positive feedback can help build trust and open lines of communication!

Do you have trouble asking for help? How do you get the support you need?

How to get Through the Hard Days

Sometimes the fatigue or the pain slithers through your body unexpectedly. Through my practice in mindfulness, I have become better at knowing when a crash is about to happen, and often this allows me to take action (or inaction) to stop it. Yet I still feel some anxiety when I think back to the unpredictable nature that used to be characteristic of my symptoms. What can you do when you find yourself slipping into a dark place, or unexpectedly wake up to find yourself there? I have developed a few mechanisms that work well for me, it might be worthwhile to give some a try the next time you feel yourself glued to your bed:

  1. Yoga in Bed: I love to do yoga, but sometimes the thought of stumbling out of bed to get onto a thin mat and support myself is daunting. Thus I have developed my very own routine of doing yoga in bed. Poses range from child’s pose (where I drag myself onto my stomach, lean back on my heels, and rest my head on the bed), lying crows pose (lying on your back, and pulling one leg towards you while the ankle of the other rests just below your knee), and savasana or corpse pose (exactly as it sounds- blissful!). This both helps me meditate, and stops me from getting stiff and sore if I feel the need to stay in bed for a day.

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    Do not try this in bed

  2. Cook a Fresh Meal: The thought of getting up to cook, when you feel like you’ve been beaten by a series of bludgers the day before may seem like an overwhelming task, but if you can enlist some help chopping and cleaning (or, in my best practice, just leaving the kitchen a mess when you are done) the effects of a hearty meal can be wonderful. Being exposed to the fresh spices, herbs, and ingredients stimulates all of your senses- helping you feel invigorated. Also, you can’t forget that your body is sick and needs nourishment, order-in or a microwave meal is not going to help you heal.
  3. Pamper Yourself: Treat yourself to a massage, manicure, or even a haircut. These treatments will help you to fully relax for an hour or so. I know it sounds superficial, but boosting your appearance often helps to boost your mood as well, making it easier to feel a little more energetic.

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    Photo Credit: Sakurako Kitsa via Compfight cc

  4. Do Something Creative: This is a tricky one, being creative can be draining of energy, and if you are deep in a brain fog, it may feel impossible to do anything that requires the slightest bit of mental prowess. However, doing something creative can actually help you through a brain fog. It doesn’t matter much what it is- I personally like to write, or take photographs, but it doesn’t even need to be something that is ‘artsy’. Trying out a new recipe (or creating one of your own), thinking of a new idea for your business, or thinking of a creative solution to a problem you’ve been having, all fall into this category.
  5. Rest: This does not mean lying in bed thinking about all the things you wish you would rather be doing instead. It means treating yourself how you would treat someone you love if they were sick. It means taking the time to really, deeply rest. You can achieve deep rest through meditation, or sleep, or lying quietly with no stimulation. My vice is reading, if I am in bed and awake I always want to have a book on hand. But we need to close our laptops, put away our books, turn off the TV and focus on letting our bodies get the rest that they need.

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    Photo Credit: ~fb~ via Compfight cc

Have you tried any of these? What are your ways for coping with bad days?

The Highly Sensitive Person

“All virtues have a shadow.”

― Elaine N. AronThe Highly Sensitive Person

A book review of the Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron:

I was first introduced to the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) by Elaine Aron back in 2009 when I was a patient at the environmental health clinic. I was, at first, skeptical when my doctor suggested that I read it, I had never thought of myself as a particularly sensitive person, and others always commented on my ability to stay calm under pressure. However, that year proved to be a challenging one for me, and I was desperate, so I picked up the book as an extension of my studies in Psychology, even if it couldn’t help me personally.

The book begins with a test to see if you are a highly sensitive person, and like many tests on sensitivity and introversion/extroversion, I scored pretty close to the middle. I still wasn’t convinced I was a sensitive person. However, as I began to read further, and the items on the list were explained in more depth, I began identifying more and more as an HSP.

Why I liked it

If you are like me, when you hear the term ‘sensitive person’ you think of someone easily offended or over-emotional. But this is where we are wrong. Sensitivity has to do with much more than just your emotional needs (though that is a part of it). Aron defines sensitivity in a much broader sense; being especially aware of or in tune with your environment. If you are effected by strong smells or loud noises, different chemicals, medications, lights or scents- you may be highly sensitive. This is where things began starting to click for me. House cleaning chemicals have always made me feel sick (and recently, made my nails fall off!) and just the little bit of caffeine in green tea can affect me more than a cup of coffee effects my friends. This book made me think of sensitivity in an entirely different, and positive, way.

Why you should read it

It was the first book that really made me think about how our personalities and innate traits can affect the role we play in the world. I always knew that people who were good at math and science would make great engineers and doctors, people good with their hands could take up a trade, and creative people well…had other employment opportunities. But it had never before occurred to me that being born a shy or sensitive person was something that could affect all areas of my life including my relationships and my career. When I was younger my shyness was always something that needed to be overcome so that I could fit in, but I had always remained somewhat shy, reflective, and introverted.  These are traits that I don’t think can ever be completely lost, and it is a shame that we often try to rid ourselves of them rather than being taught to appreciate the strengths that they bring us.

Aron argues that we need to see the strengths and weaknesses of each personality type. HSP’s are not cut out to be ‘warrior kings’, but rather excel in an advisor role, that requires careful consideration and planning, not the rash thinking and action that is needed on the battle field. While the Warrior King is often more valued by society, one could not exist (or succeed) without the other. We need both to have a thriving society.

I had always been an ambitious child, and this book made me wonder if I had been ambitious for the right goals. Was I trying to win in a field where I would be at a distinct dis-advantage? And how much energy was I wasting trying to become someone that was against my nature, just because that is how our society defines success?

How it relates to CFS

When I first began to realize the large role that stress played in my CFS symptoms I was rather shocked, mostly because, as mentioned earlier, I am quite calm and cool under pressure. But I was not thinking of environmental stressors; of living in a big city, of having an active social life, of not paying attention to the foods I ate or the products I used. I wasn’t doing anything different than anyone else I knew, and yet I wound up bed-ridden, and they continued on living their lives carefree. Why?

The Highly Sensitive Person gave me a unique insight into the genetic factors that might cause some of us to become over stimulated by our environments (without even realizing it!) and then end up extremely ill.

The book won’t give you much insight into how to manage your illness, and I don’t know that every person with CFS is also highly sensitive, but I’m willing to bet a number of us are. I hope that if you read it, it gives you a unique insight into some hidden strengths that being an HSP might have for you. And it may give you some insight as to why you are now sensitive to so many foods and products. It may only have become noticeable since your illness, but it may also have been a contributing factor that none of us were aware of (I know it was for me!).

I found this book a great place to start to understand how to manage my illness and it really made me think about my future goals and plans, strengths and weaknesses. Happy reading! Let me know what you think!