Yesterday’s Threesome


Having read an article yesterday morning suggesting ME can be bettered by both GET and CBT, I was at the ready for the surprise phone call that followed. One which led me to speak with radio host Matt Cooper live on his show The Last Word broadcast on Today FM and also with Professor Michael Sharpe,…

The Elephant of Exercise


Last Wednesday, an article was printed in the Irish Independent stating: “‘Sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome can benefit from exercise.” (Read full article here) As an ME/CFS patient, this article did more than make my blood boil. Should exercise benefit patients, then why are so many of us housebound and bedridden? If exercise was a…

Yes to GET or no to GET? Part Three


You’re Fired… Last Friday, I sat in front of my consultant and am now consultantless…again. However, unlike my other two firings, this one ended amicably. Kicking off our meeting, I did as I always did, I read my A4 sheets of daily symptoms, only this time boldly added “my final Graded Exercise Therapy was on September 30th and I’ve no intention…

Yes to GET or no to GET? Part Two


At present I walk 25 minutes every two days. Athlete of the Year to me. The basic rule of GET is never to push myself, and in order to survive, I must live by this rule strictly. It is hard to gage my limits though, as I never hit my treadmill thinking yippee I am…

Yes to GET or no to GET? Part One


GET is controversial, some ME patients refuse GET as it worsens their condition, some doctors force patients to participate and other professionals, hand out generic exercise plans, a one plan fits all scenario. As if the patient lying in bed in a darkened room, can be treated in the same manner as a patient who…