NHS From Theory to Practice Course for CFS/ME Part 1- Recap and Pro’s of Self Management

In previous posts I have talked about my positive experience with the NHS and having CFS/ME from my:

  • Speedy diagnosis from my GP and referral to Bristol specialist clinic (Link)
  • NHS Foundation course where we got information on: CBT, GET, Activity Management (Link), Rest, Relaxation (Link), Sleep and Stress Management (Link)
  • To my second 1-2-1 where I asked for further information on: Phased return to work (Link) and movement/fitness (Link)

It was in my second 1-2-1 that I was offered to attend the clinics advanced course names from Theory to Practice which was held over 5 sessions, and it is the first of these that I am going to discuss now. Continue reading

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Toby Morrisons 5 CFS Pillars of Health (Toby Morrison UK Seminar Pt 4)

So in previous parts of the seminar, Toby talked briefly about what CFS/ME is and how and potential causes (Link), Toby’s Triangle of success: Survival, Accept, Adjust, Believe & Achieve (Link) and the effects of stress and mindset to recovery (Link).

All the above are great, but how do we get past the acceptance stage and start adjusting, how do we keep a positive mindset and hope if there is nothing we can do to help ourselves or we think we have no hope of ever getting better?

In most cases this simply is not true, there are things we can do to help ourselves, it may not mean recovering fully from CFS/ME but giving you access to a better quality of life. Continue reading

12 messages you might not know that I use to keep positive – Day 5 Invisible Illness Week

So today day 5 of the invisible illness awareness week I wanted follow on from my post yesterday; where I went through how having a positive mindset can have very real profound impacts on the body and physical health.

Yesterday I discussed various scientific studies and the science behind mindset on the body, but today I want to go down a different route and talk about how I personally keep on top of my mindset.

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My NHS experience with CFS – Part 5 (1-2-1 Phased Return to Work)

During my first appointment at the North Bristol ME/CFS clinic (based at Southmead Hospital) my OT explained that the way the clinic works was that once my diagnosis was confirmed which occurred during that appointment (Link), I would be invited to attend their CFS/ME Foundation Course. Following the completion of the course I would then have a second one to one with her.

The foundation course consisted of two 1.5 hour long seminars which covered very basically an array of management strategies:

  • Seminar One covered: Activity management, CBT, GET (Link)
  • Seminar Two- Pt 1- Rest and Relaxation (Link)
  • Seminar Two- Pt-2- Sleep and Stress Management (Link)

Once I had attended these seminars and digested their content, I would then attend a follow up with her, which would be lead by me, I could get specific support on what I felt I needed the most. Continue reading

My NHS experience with CFS – Part 4 (NHS CFS Foundation Course 2- Sleep and Stress Management)

As part of the North Bristol Trusts program for CFS/ME they can send you on various courses, to begin I was sent on the foundation course, which consists of two 1 1/2 hour long sessions.

I wanted to document the whole process, as I really had no idea what to expect and I am aware that a lot of people do not have access to such services:

In the first session we talked about: Symptoms, CBT, GET, Activity Management (Link). The second session I have split into two posts, this being the second the first however was mainly on rest and relaxation (Link).

The main focus on this session however revolved around Sleep Management and then talked a little about Stress Management at the end.

Please click the link below if you wish to download the foundation course 2 hand out provided: Continue reading

ME/CFS Index

As my number of posts increases I thought it would be useful to create an index so it is easier to see older posts:

Personal Journey/Stories

Top Tips

My NHS experience with CFS

CFS/ME Research

My NHS experience with CFS – Part 3 (NHS CFS Foundation Course 2- Recap & Rest)

So I have to admit I wasn’t quite as enthusiastic and with it at the second part of the NHS CFS Foundation course, as I had way over done it earlier in the week, we have all been there at some point.

Like parts 1 & 2 of my NHS experience with CFS, guiding from my experience with my GP and assessment (Link) and the first foundation seminar (Link), this post I will talk through what I got out of the second and final foundation seminar, through both what leader taught us and from comments from other service users, as well as providing you with the handouts that I received on the day. Continue reading