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However, that does not mean that I don't have to deal with the moodiness or feeling that I am coming down with something. It does not mean I don't get tired of CFS and FM, or that for a while I might hope I will never feel this way again. I know what is causing the mild depression; I try to do what I can every day; and I know I did not ask to be this way. Whether other people understand or not is something I cannot help. Sometimes, I don't even understand. I went to therapy before I knew I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and that helped me with worrying about what other people thought. I knew I had Fibromyalgia, NASH, and prediabetes. What I didn't know was I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome too, until about a year later. I also have a strange skin condition called Erythema Annulare Centrifugum, which I have had since my late twenties. I have had it for over 30 years and it varies in the places it appears, and in severity. I had it all summer, and it was bearable. Right now, I have one area that is quite deep -- and it burns, hurts, and itches. But guess what! I am not depressed like I used to be, because I know that I deal with something I did not cause. I know all this fits together somehow. Furthermore, I know that God knows my heart, even when I doubt myself. He knows me better than I do. When I read Psalm 139, I am completely assured that God knows everything about me; and my heart is calmed.
Finally, I suppose some of you might wonder what this has to do with FlyLady's 31 Beginner Babysteps. It is a matter of facing reality. This summer I began to feel better and I was able to do more, including light exercise. Some days, I felt as if I was getting better and would probably be able to maintain at a certain level. Unfortunately, I could not do that. As I added things into my life, I was sapped of more energy, and I did not recover well. Then, I began to feel guilty and angry (usually at myself), that I could not live a normal life. The fact is I have a new normal, or perhaps a better way to say this is I have a different normal. And I know this is true for many of my readers.
Therefore, I will be mentioning FlyLady's 31 Beginner Babysteps in passing. I am still going to work on my habits, but at a pace I can maintain. I cannot and will not please everyone. It is impossible. But I can pray, ask for guidance, and be happy in my circumstances. If I try to do more than my body can handle to please other people, than I am not being honest. I know there are times I put out more, because I am shooting for normal, whatever that is. However, my body shuts down; and it has done that to me for the last 20 years. About three years ago, I became so ill I felt like I had the flu all the time and I did not recover for even a few weeks. I was desperate to find a way to get well. I knew it was not just FM and liver disease. The point is: I'm the one that has to live with it, as does my husband to a degree. What anyone else thinks about me is irrelevant: I cannot help it if people, who do not share my circumstances, do not understand.
Whatever chronic / invisible illness you have -- you are the one, who knows how it makes you feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Nobody else can determine that for you; however, there are counselors that can help. And if you know God, He will help you too, whether that means complete healing or coming to terms with living on this earth with a disability.
That is enough for today -- somehow, I don't feel like this is a finished subject. I'm going to get a snack, put some laundry in the dryer, and rest. Maybe, I will look at FlyLady's 31 Beginner Babysteps for encouragement. However, I want you to remember that doing the Babysteps is an experiment for me. I am not going to feel guilty when I cannot do them, nor do I want you to feel guilty. Resting is doing something.
The following link is an informative one on post-exertional malaise and how it feels: Unraveling Post-exertional Malaise by Jennifer M. Spotila, J.D.