Hi, I'm Suzanne
I know that it is absolutely 100% possible to get your life back from chronic fatigue, even if you have been living with it for a long time.
How do I know this?
Because this is the work I do.
I am passionate about supporting women with chronic fatigue to be able to live the kind of life that they want to live.
M.E, CFS, Fibromialgia, Post Viral Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue are all scary labels that come loaded with negative expectations. It's easy to get sucked into all of the things that your can't do becuase of these conditions.
It can be hard to find information and publicity about how you can turn chronic fatigue around and get back to living your life to the full.
But please, don't let that stop you!
The word "can't" is a pet hate of mine as it comes with so much restriction, deprivation, frustration and finality. There is nothing I like about this word.
Sadly, it's one of the most commonly used words I hear when people talk about their chronic fatigue and it's impact.
My mission is to turn your "can't"s into your "can"s so that you can get back to doing all of the things you love with the people you love the most.
Why Chronic fatigue? Why me?!
My first encounter with chronic fatigue came on a training course. Two ladies on the course had both been affected by M.E. as young adults but had recovered and gone on to live full lives, raise families and enjoy life.
Their experiences taught me that chronic fatigue conditions were something that it is possible to recover from.
I never questioned this until some years later when fate brought me into contact with others living with chronic fatigue. Their perception was so different. The belief was that you can't recover from chronic fatigue conditions, instead they have to be "managed", "paced" and "lived with".
No talk of recovery, no one telling them "you CAN recover".
I really, really dislike the word can't!
I am not a recoverer myself. I have never had a chronic fatigue condition so I don't come to this work with my own recovery story. This may seem an odd thing to tell you, but it is important that you know this. I speak out so openly about recovery being possible because I have seen it, repeatedly.
My own story was of being very stuck in the early stages of chronic fatigue - what we know as the first Phase of Recovery - living a crazy, busy life, with lots of pressure and stress.
Then, as is so often the way, fate intervened.
Here's my story:
Before my "Crash"
Sometimes a number of events happening at the same time create a big change in your life. That’s certainly true for me…
One moment I was on top of a mountain: a successful management accountant, a wife and mum of teens skiing in style in the French Alps.
The next moment I had caught an edge, crashed ungracefully, and torn two of the ligaments in my knee.
A couple of days later I was back at home and house-bound for 6 weeks. Even simple stuff like going to the loo and going to the shower were complex operations so that I didn’t jostle or bump my knee and make it sore. The damage was extensive and I eventually had an operation to replace both ligaments. I was off work for a further 8 weeks. All in all, it took me over 12 months to recover full use of my knee joint and to trust my body again.
Whilst I was off work, there was a re-organisation and a big change in values as the company prepared to outsource to Lithuania. When I went back to work, the team I worked with had been relocated and all of my productive work relationships had been broken up. It was clear that further disruption was on the way.
A Whole New World
For a few months I battled on at work but it no longer felt right. The loss of really important work relationships and the direction my work was going in left me feeling sad and unhappy.
All of the pressure and stress involved didn't feel worth it and was having a massive impact on my health. Headaches, migraines, stiff neck and shoulders, fatigue, irritability, poor diet and little exercise. It was all adding up and taking it's toll.
Eventually, I decided to leave my job.
About three years earlier, I had come across Health Kinesiology quite by chance and was fascinated by the whole idea of being able to “talk” to the body. I decided to find out more and enrolled on the first level training course and that was all it took – I was hooked! Over 3 years, I completed my training and qualified as a health kinesiologist.
My energy started changing as a whole new world opened up. I did a lot of learning! In the 12 months after leaving my management accounting role, I completed five training courses so that I could become a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and the Kinesiology Federation. I learned more in that year than ever before and I loved every minute of it.
Joining the The Chrysalis Effect as a Specialist Accredited Practitioner working with chronic fatigue felt so right. I found my place amongst a group of like-minded therapists, all working positively with their clients’ energy to help them feel physically better.
A Different Direction
As I worked with my clients, I became more and more aware that fatigue was a common theme underpinning many physical issues. I was really intrigued by what drives fatigue. I now understand how closely physical health is tied in with life experiences, emotions, thoughts, stress levels and how we respond to all of these different aspects.
Working with the Chrysalis Effect gives me a bigger toolkit to support my clients. I combine health kinesiology and wellbeing coaching with route map and process for addressing chronic fatigue.
It’s a way of working that feels really in-line with clients who recognise that their chronic fatigue is worse when they are stressed or anxious but who are stuck and don’t know what to do next.
I am now in a position to look back on my own journey and those that my cleints have taken. I can see how my move from Management Accountant to Chronic Fatigue specialist has been a serious of events with decsions taken over a period of time, step by step. I love supporting my clients as they uncover what’s going on for them and take small, manageable steps that lead then to getting their life back.
Since starting my business five years ago, I can now confidently say that I have a 100% success rate in supporting clients as they improve their health and wellbeing.
If you would like to read more about some of my clients and the journey's they have been on, click the link below.
I am always happy to have a conversation with you to understand more about what is going on for you and whether I can support you on your journey. You can contact me here
I am a specialist in recovery from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). My focus is on helping recoverers to raise their energy levels and get their life back.
I am a member of four key organisations -The Chrysalis Effect, Health Kinesiology UK, The Federation of Holistic Therapists and the Kinesiology Federation.