Originally Posted by kjo99
It's hard enough keeping our spirits up without having someone tell us we can just THINK OUR WAY OUT OF THIS, if we really wanted to. That's like telling me I must actually WANT to be sick. Good grief!
Gosh, well I don't know about you, but I've always
wanted to feel so tired I can barely make myself get out of bed in the morning.
I saw an endocrinologist once who told me to "think positive" and it would "all go away". This kind of attitude towards CFS really annoys me.
If it were possible to think your way out of CFS, then I would have done it years ago. Thinking positively can help you manage
CFS, but it's always there - like a background noise (incessant whining would be appropriate) - whatever you're doing (or at least that's what I've found).
Since being "diagnosed" with CFS 4 years ago, I've tried to steer clear of the doctors as much as possible. I've probably been about half a dozen times, but am always offered antidepressants, which I will continue to refuse until I am actually depressed. Every day I make sure I get up and go to work or uni or whatever I've organised for that day. I have had 3 days off sick in the past 6 years. I work through a haze, but have found that I can
work and fairly effectively. I've done A-levels in Chemistry and Biology, worked 6-day weeks, published articles, sat exams for medical school and am now studying radiography. Ok, mostly I've made myself run around like a maniac because I don't want to give in to the fatigue!!!
The point I'm trying to make is that I'm very positive about my life. I'm getting on and doing what I want to do. I truly believe that if it was only a matter of being positive, that I wouldn't have CFS.