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

After many years of long work hours and putting a toll on my body through working as a management consultant and training for marathons, I was diagnosed with Mononucleosis in December 2013.

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Bjørne Skarbøe

I was used to my body recovering quickly from illnesses in the past, and was sure my body would recover in no time, so that I could return to my busy life and my tough work-out routines. But, for the first time in my life, my body wouldn’t listen, and over the course of several months, I struggled to get well and to get my energy and health back. I was gradually sapped of energy, as I continued to work hard, and attempted to complete my workouts, even though I was feeling terrible.

After many attempts to find the root cause by visiting doctors and specialists at hospitals, without any answers, I saw no other option, but to return home to my parents’ house to rest. I went on sick leave from work, and after one day laying down in my bed at my parents’ house, I hardly got up again for 13 months.

Bjørne in different stages, before, under and after the disease period.

Bedbound and in need of care

I tried “everything” to get well. I tried all that the public health system had to offer, and also went to private clinics and tried many forms of alternative medicine. I got countless of solutions recommended and many different diagnoses. Most concluded that I was burnt out, exhausted, while other medical professionals said I had gotten ME. I got tested for ME at a hospital, which showed that I lacked one criterion to be labeled as an ME patient. However, other doctors I was in touch with, put me in the ME/CFS category.

For every failed attempt at treating my disease, my stress and anxiety levels increased, and my situation got worse

Regardless of my diagnosis, no one was able to provide me with a solution to my illness. The feeling of despair came over me, and for every failed attempt at treating my disease, my stress and anxiety levels increased, and my situation got worse. It ended with me being bed bound 24 hours a day, needing help to be fed, going to the bathroom, and needing help with all my other everyday needs from my parents and brother.

If others can do it…

It was not until 13 months later, after spending all my hours lying in bed, while the frustration and sadness that this situation provided increased my stress and anxiety levels, that my family finally got in touch with someone who had been in a similar situation – and gotten well. Before we found this person, we had tried so many things, and the fact that nothing worked, made my symptoms worse.

My family finally got in touch with someone who had been in a similar situation – and gotten well.

But luckily, we got in touch with someone who had recovered from a similar illness as the one I had. This person had attended a course called the Lightning Process and gotten out of their bedridden situation in a short amount of time. I had no idea how I would be able to go anywhere, or attend a three-day course, given that I currently needed a wheelchair to get around, and I couldn’t focus on anything for more than a few seconds. However, I found comfort in knowing that someone who had been in the same situation as mine, had managed to do it. If that were the case, then it must mean that I would be able to do the same.

Focused, goal-directed training

From being a bedridden person, dependent on my family for all my needs, needing a wheelchair to get to the Lightning Process course, the change that took place during the course was dramatic. 

After the first day of the course I managed to walk to a café and have food with my family! After the Lightning Process course, I have been determined to train every day at the skills the course taught me about the mind-body connection and how to manage stress. Over time my life has continued to improve.

In retrospect, the stress, despair, and isolated lifestyle made me anxious, stressed and unhappy. The fact that I wasn’t doing what I loved, made me sicker, and I was told to rest and take it easy. However, the more I rested and just waited, the worse my illness got. 

In retrospect, the stress, despair, and isolated lifestyle made me anxious, stressed and unhappy.

The Lightning Process taught me how the mind and body are connected, and how stress impacts the body. I learned how to break negative patterns, change my emotional state, and use the potential of neuroplasticity to rewire my brain, to work in new ways, and stop focusing on my symptoms and the negative stuff in my life and shift my focus to the good things in life, making happiness and wellness a habit. Immediately the results were amazing and continued to get better over time. Today, I am back to living a healthy life, and I have more happiness in my life than ever before. I will forever be grateful for the life essential skills that the Lightning Process course taught me.

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