Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (cont.)
"That was a great feeling, to have my own place," Jones says.
Jones says one of the hardest parts of her condition was the amount of people who didn't believe she was actually sick.
"There were so many skeptics," she says. "I was not only fighting to feel better, I was constantly having to justify being sick to others because so many people didn't understand. Others view people with chronic fatigue syndrome as unmotivated and lazy."
Jones grew tired of putting hope into new doctors and new techniques to only be disappointed. After numerous attempts with different medications and diets, she decided that taking no medication and small, well-balanced foods was the best choice for her. Her relationship with God, an understanding husband and a daily nap is how she gets through the day.
"It helped me to just accept what it is and live with it," Jones says. "I try to live each day to the fullest and not get so caught up in being sick. It's important for me not to dwell on it."
Today Jones is happily married with two children, which is something that she never thought would be possible with her condition. She says her strong Christian faith is what has made the most difference in her life.
"I really try not to think about the illness itself and how much it has changed my life or that I'll never be better," Jones says. "Some days I'm not able to do as much and some days I'm able to do more. There is life with chronic fatigue syndrome. It may be different and more difficult than originally planned, but it still can be a full, beautiful life."
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Editor's Note: Although no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome exists today there is still hope for future research and development. Researchers have been working to find a cure since it was officially accepted as a disease in 1988.
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Last Editorial Review: 10/24/2006