Turning Straw Into Gold, Life through a Buddhist Lens
I’m halfway though my fourteenth year of being sick. Recently I’ve found myself saying: “Enough is enough. What’s wrong with me? Why do I feel as if I have the flu all the time?”
My official diagnosis is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome even though I don’t fit neatly into either the Center for Disease Control (CDC) case definition or the preferred Canadian Consensus Criteria (CCC). I don’t have some of the “required” symptoms on the CDC and the CCC lists, and I do have other symptoms that aren’t on their lists. This is not an unusual phenomenon. In fact, it’s hard to find two people with a CFS diagnosis who share the same constellation of symptoms.
I know that people can have the same illness without all of their symptoms overlapping, but why have I yet to find even a single person whose symptoms are identical to mine? In my opinion, it’s because people who suffer from different illnesses that medical science has yet to isolate have been lumped into the one designation: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
by Toni Bernhard, J.D
Source: Psychology Today