“I plan my day around activities instead of planning my activities around my energy”
Michele was completely disabled with symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome for 8 long years. She also suffered from asthma, allergies and numerous intolerances. She says, “I discovered something that is worse than dying – and that was being dead and still being alive.”
Michele flat rested for 4 – 6 hours a day and spent the rest of the day in a reclining chair. There were only 2 hours in the afternoon where she would muster up the energy to do even the smallest of tasks – like have a shower. Michele did not have the cognitive capacity to read, write, do basic math, to be on a computer or talk on the phone. She also had several noise intolerances and could not listen to music, the radio or watch TV. In fact, this once well-spoken woman could barely speak. Being around people was almost impossible.
Michele was in fact completely disabled – but you couldn’t tell this just by looking at her. From outward appearances she “looked fine”. However, a brain injury or impairment is not visible to the naked eye. Limbic system impairment related illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivities, or light, sound or food sensitivities, or depression, anxiety and electric hypersensitivity syndrome are all invisible illnesses. Often times your friends and family cannot understand how you can be so ill when you don’t look like you’re sick.
Like many others in this position, Michele had already tried an exhaustive list of therapies and treatments, many of which actually made her symptoms worse.
Michele realizes now that without a doubt, she had suffered from a brain injury and resulting limbic system impairment that was manifesting as symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Yes, she had the diagnosis of CFS, and all of the accompanying symptoms, but it wasn’t until she took the Dynamic Neural Retraining System program that she realized that the root of her suffering was due to a threat and protective mechanism in her brain that had gone awry through trauma.
Michele first started the DNRS program with the DVD series. To her surprise after a mere three weeks with the DVD program, she gained enough cognitive ability, physical stamina and clarity as evident that the program was working and was determined to attend the next five-day DNRS program in person.
Michele travelled all the way from Calgary, Alberta to Ojai, California to attend the live program and she was completely amazed by this experience. Within 5 days she experienced a day that she could not even have dreamt about for years prior. She woke up at 8:30 in the morning and was completely engaged physically, mentally and emotionally for the entire day. In fact, she didn’t even get back to her hotel until after 11 pm. Then the next day she was completely productive again. The crash that would normally come after any one of the activities that she engaged in just didn’t happen.
But if you are thinking that “this sounds all too good to be true”, Michele has a reality check for you. She goes on to say “you’ve probably watched the testimonials on the website and have seen other people like me talking about things that are happening because it’s just so exciting that it’s happening. And I was in your place just a very short time ago and I used to think, “is that real? That can’t be quite right.”
“And it’s not 100% right in that limbic system rehabilitation is hard to do – it’s not all just wonderful girls trips and golfing and things like that. There are some really hard days. And you have to dig deep and work hard at this. But you know what? It’s a full time job being sick and what would you rather do – spend your time being sick? Or spend your time getting well? I know which direction I’m going.”
It’s not a quick fix at all but here’s what’s really important – it is fixing what needs to be fixed. It’s getting to the root problem that you need to be dealing with in order to be able to be well. All the rest of it is dealing with symptoms- this is dealing with the root problem.
In an update which was 8 months after Michele attended the in person program, she posted on the DNRS Community Forum: “A few weeks ago I posted about walking down our long beach hill and I said when I walked up said hill I would be 1000% recovered. That hill has been calling to me ever since and tonight I answered the call. I walked all the way down and turned right around and walked back up. A forty-minute power walk, 25 minutes of which was mostly up hill. I walked up that hill like a pro. Wow – So awesome! I can do anything I want!
Am I 1000% recovered? Perhaps that is a small exaggeration but I am recovered nonetheless. And this recovery will continue to ripen and mature in the way an athlete or a student gets better and better at something as they practice.