Welcome to Recovery Norway!

Recovery Norway is an organisation consisting of people who have recovered from ME/CFS or other illnesses often labelled “medically unexplained”. Our goal is to provide hope and understanding through their experiences and insights. Read and search their stories below!

Anne Mari Romsaas Fredriksen

“I had to move in with my mother to get care, but now I define myself as recovered”

Celina, Silje og Rune Fylkesnes

“Our daughter learnt how to shift her focus away from the illness, and to replace ‘sickness thoughts’ with ‘healthy thoughts’”

Ann Kristin Kjærnli

“At last, there was somebody who understood. This is why I was on the phone, crying because of the kindness of these strangers”

Anne Mari Romsaas Fredriksen

“I had to move in with my mother to get care, but now I define myself as recovered”

Celina, Silje og Rune Fylkesnes

“Our daughter learnt how to shift her focus away from the illness, and to replace ‘sickness thoughts’ with ‘healthy thoughts’”

Ann Kristin Kjærnli

“At last, there was somebody who understood. This is why I was on the phone, crying because of the kindness of these strangers”

David Jameson

“The key was realising that my illness and relapses had all happened during times when I didn’t have any work to do, usually after a period of stress”

Arild Berg

“To me ME is no great mystery”

Man & medical doctor

«I suffered from CFS/ME. Since my recovery, I have completed medical school and worked as a doctor – full-time»

Simon Pimenta

“Never, never give up hope that you can make progress towards your goal of recovery”

Bård Stranheim

Burned out. A journey in and out of exile from life.

Tina Røe Skaar

“The illness experience, and the tools I learnt, made me an Olympic athlete”

Oda

«I created a situation where the evidence for what I was worried about, was created by the worries themselves»

Torill Sorkmo and May Elin Game interviewed by Sophie Helbig

Beating ME: Interview with Sophie Helbig on The Puzzle of Healing

Bjørne Skarbøe

“I ended up bedbound 24 hours a day, needing help to be fed, but if others could get well…”

Jan Even Raastad

From a nursing patient to a mountain climber: “For four years I lay completely helpless and motionless in bed”

Woman (29)

“I got my life back!”

Dan Neuffer

“My message to all ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia and POTS sufferers is ‘don’t lose hope!'”

Kristin

“When I read my story today about my illness period, I can hardly believe how bad it was”

Anonymous

My journey into ME

Mette Høvern

“I was once one of the most severely ill people in Norway: How I recovered from ME”

Alex Bermingham

“My whole world and understanding of things had been turned upside down, in the best way possible”

Espen Utaker (father)

«Our daughter felt that she was more in control over her own situation, that she could now play an active part in her own recovery»

Woman in her 30s

«I was always running to the toilet and always tired. It is pretty cool to see how you can improve your life this way»

Lise Bauck

“If I had let my symptoms stop me, I would never have been able to continue”

Mother of 10-year-old girl

The best thing I have done is to say, “no way will I accept that my daughter will just lie there and suffer indefinitely, without us being able to do anything”

Rosi Lovdal

What is ME? A spiral down into unwellness

Hanne Namsvatn

“I was one of the most severe cases of ME, but recovered completely”

Benedicte Grastveit Viggen

“Luckily I am stubborn, and so I decided to disprove the idea that you just have to live with this diagnosis”

Mother of girl

My daughter’s ME recovery story

Live Landmark

“You can recover completely!”

Nina og Svein Erik Høst

“At that moment it was absolutely essential that I was there”

Mother of a 12-year-old daughter

“Now our daughter will go out and experience happiness and sorrow – just like other teenagers. She has got her life back”

Woman (29)

“To anyone struggling with ME, I want to say that you can get well!”

Emil, Leif og Lucie Størmer

“Emil learnt to control his focus by himself, and then things improved very quickly”

Aina Elisabeth Tandberg-Bråthen

“I tricked my body into believing I would get well”

Marte Jürgensen

“Step by step I took my life back. My life’s big turnaround, I call it”

Turid Spildo

“Body and head, yes, thank you, I`ll choose both.”

Michael Lassen

«My life was a painful hell, but now this back that was unable to stand upright can deadlift 130 kgs»

Thomas Overvik

“I was transferred to a nursing home, laid out in darkness, not leaving bed for 15 months. But then my world view changed radically”

Camilla Wiede Hellerud

“So, here I am, never better!”

Randi Ribe

«I had whiplash, neck pains and low energy after a car accident. Today I have energy enough to do what I want»

May Elin Game

“I now had the knowledge to understand, the will to accept, and the tools to adjust”

Marte Jürgensen

“As a medical doctor I feared this diagnosis; it gave me scant hope of recovery. I consider my way back to good health the biggest turnaround in my life”

Father of daughter aged 12-20

“My daughter was ill for eight years, lying in the dark, being fed through a tube. Today she is well”

Stine Toppe Andersen

“I had a shower stool and a wheelchair, but today I am proud and extremely happy to say that I have recovered”

Aftur Spildo

«This illness will last for a long time. And why is that? Because I am already prepared to die – inside»

Boy (17)

«A conversation with Arild Berg helped me escape ME »

Max

Frozen: Why couldn’t I move my arm?

Thomas Overvik (by Randi Størseth)

Documentary: An undeniable truth – a contribution to living free of ME/CFS

Torill Sorkmo

“It has been important for me to feel ownership to my own process. I’ve been my own coach all the way”

Woman in her 30s

I want to recover – but how?

Mother of a boy

“When school started after the summer holiday, it was as if he’d never been ill”

Turid Spildo

“I made many mistakes and I did some things right. I had bad luck as well as good luck, but it turned out well in the end” – a mother´s story

Daughter (10), father and mother

“Our daughter was 10 years old, and every week mom had to carry her to her GP for help. Today she is 14 years old and completely healthy”

Kirsti Dahl Johansen

“For me it became vital to think that I was well, to say I was well”

Vilde Thorsen

«From having to sit in a wheelchair, I can now be active again and go training»

Female

“I was 13 years, and had no energy at all, but now I live my life the way I want to”

Polina Chernomordik

“No magic was involved, no pills or medical stuff. Just my inner power and the power of my brain.”

Anette Veisten Lie

I was a mother with ME and two children sick with ME – There is hope!