My journey into ME
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

My journey into ME

I am back to myself – fun with family and friends, working in a full-time job that I love!
Lightning Process (LP) Long Covid

I am back to myself – fun with family and friends, working in a full-time job that I love!

I was transferred to a nursing home, laid out in darkness, not leaving bed for 15 months. But then my world view changed radically
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

I was an ME patient for 23 years. I was in care. Today I can do anything I want, and I enjoy living my life
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

I was an ME patient for 23 years. I was in care. Today I can do anything I want, and I enjoy living my life

A farewell letter to chronic fatigue
Chronic fatigue Lightning Process (LP)

A farewell letter to chronic fatigue

I think insight and help to find strategies made all the difference for my daughter
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

I think insight and help to find strategies made all the difference for my daughter

Eight years of sickness is history. My son once again has a mother, my husband has a wife, and I’ve got a life!
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

Eight years of sickness is history. My son once again has a mother, my husband has a wife, and I’ve got a life!

I was one of the most severe cases of ME, but recovered completely
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

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

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

No magic was involved, no pills or medical stuff. Just my inner power and the power of my brain
Chronic fatigue Lightning Process (LP)

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

What is ME? A spiral down into unwellness
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

What is ME? A spiral down into unwellness

From a nursing patient to a mountain climber: For four years I lay completely helpless and motionless in bed
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

If you are also suffering with chronic pain hang in there, hopefully you can see from my story that you can make a full recovery
Chronic pain Other methods

If you are also suffering with chronic pain hang in there, hopefully you can see from my story that you can make a full recovery

Instead of feeling guilty and tired out, I feel confident to live my life – I know how to manage my emotions better
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

Instead of feeling guilty and tired out, I feel confident to live my life – I know how to manage my emotions better

I had a shower stool and a wheelchair, but today I am proud and extremely happy to say that I have recovered
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

I am no longer afraid of symptoms, or a few days of tiredness, because I know it will pass!
Chronic fatigue Lightning Process (LP)

I am no longer afraid of symptoms, or a few days of tiredness, because I know it will pass!

From ME to MMA
activity management CFS/ME Other methods

From ME to MMA

My whole world and understanding of things had been turned upside down, in the best way possible
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

I had to move in with my mother to get care, but now  I define myself as recovered
Chronic fatigue Lightning Process (LP) Q-fever

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

I tricked my body into believing I would get well
CFS/ME Other methods

I tricked my body into believing I would get well

It is hard to put aside principles you have set up because you so desperately want to be believed
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

It is hard to put aside principles you have set up because you so desperately want to be believed

For me it became vital to think that I was well, to say I was well
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

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
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

I had whiplash, neck pains and low energy after a car accident. Today I have energy enough to do what I want
Chronic pain Lightning Process (LP)

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

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
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

I was once one of the most severely ill people in Norway: How I recovered from ME
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

My daughter was ill for eight years, lying in the dark, being fed through a tube. Today she is well
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

Our brains are physical and they play a big part in how we react to viruses and diseases
CFS/ME MindBody Reconnect

Our brains are physical and they play a big part in how we react to viruses and diseases

I now had the knowledge to understand, the will to accept, and the tools to adjust
CFS/ME Stress management

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

I was always running to the toilet and always tired. It is pretty cool to see how you can improve your life this way
Free to Heal SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth)

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

It is incredible to see how the mind and body is connected
Chronic fatigue Lightning Process (LP)

It is incredible to see how the mind and body is connected

I created a situation where the evidence for what I was worried about, was created by the worries themselves
ANS REWIRE CFS/ME

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

Our daughter learnt how to shift her focus away from the illness, and to replace ‘sickness thoughts’ with ‘healthy thoughts’
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

I have learnt with this condition people get better from hope, kindness and love, not fear and catastrophe
Long Covid Other methods

I have learnt with this condition people get better from hope, kindness and love, not fear and catastrophe

I want to recover – but how?
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

I want to recover – but how?

The doctors could neither explain why I was ill, nor help me. But I did get well
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

The doctors could neither explain why I was ill, nor help me. But I did get well

My daughter’s ME recovery story
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

My daughter’s ME recovery story

Step by step I took my life back. My life’s big turnaround, I call it
CFS/ME Stress management

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

I realized there was nothing spectacularly wrong with my body. My fear of never getting better had kept me from getting better!
Long Covid Other methods

I realized there was nothing spectacularly wrong with my body. My fear of never getting better had kept me from getting better!

For me it was about realising that the mind and body is connected, and learn that I could influence my health through cognitive tools
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

For me it was about realising that the mind and body is connected, and learn that I could influence my health through cognitive tools

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

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

Much of what made me ill, was probably the expectation that I would get ill
Chronic fatigue Lightning Process (LP) Stress management

Much of what made me ill, was probably the expectation that I would get ill

Frozen: Why couldn’t I move my arm?
Functional Neurological Disorder Other methods

Frozen: Why couldn’t I move my arm?

If I had believed all the negative things I read on the net, I would not have recovered
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

If I had believed all the negative things I read on the net, I would not have recovered

I was a mother with ME and two children sick with ME – There is hope!
CFS/ME Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

Emil learnt to control his focus by himself, and then things improved very quickly
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

My life was a painful hell, but now this back that was unable to stand upright can deadlift 130 kgs
Chronic pain Other methods

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

From having to sit in a wheelchair, I can now be active again and go training
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

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
CFS/ME Other methods

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

It is awfully demanding when you are seriously ill, but it is well worth the effort!
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

It is awfully demanding when you are seriously ill, but it is well worth the effort!

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
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

Body and head, yes, thank you, I`ll choose both
Chronic pain Lightning Process (LP)

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

The illness experience, and the tools I learnt, made me an Olympic athlete
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

The symptoms often made me feel stressed and worried, as I saw them as a sign that something was wrong with my body
Chronic fatigue Lightning Process (LP)

The symptoms often made me feel stressed and worried, as I saw them as a sign that something was wrong with my body

I knew that one of the things that was keeping me sick was my constant focus on my illness
Long Covid POTS

I knew that one of the things that was keeping me sick was my constant focus on my illness

When school started after the summer holiday, it was as if he’d never been ill
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

At that moment it was absolutely essential that I was there
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

At that moment it was absolutely essential that I was there

If I could sleep for a hundred years…
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

If I could sleep for a hundred years…

It has been important for me to feel ownership to my own process. I’ve been my own coach all the way
CFS/ME Other methods

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

When I read my story today about my illness period, I can hardly believe how bad it was
Lightning Process (LP) Tension headaches

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

Burned out. A journey in and out of exile from life.
Chronic fatigue Lightning Process (LP)

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

Never, never give up hope that you can make progress towards your goal of recovery
CFS/ME Other methods

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

Beating ME: Interview with Sophie Helbig on The Puzzle of Healing
CFS/ME Other methods

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

I had to retrain the body that it is safe to recover, that I didn’t need protecting or to be put into survival mode
CFS/ME Other methods

I had to retrain the body that it is safe to recover, that I didn’t need protecting or to be put into survival mode

Now our daughter will go out and experience happiness and sorrow – just like other teenagers. She has got her life back
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

Since my recovery, I have completed medical school and worked as a doctor – full-time
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

Since my recovery, I have completed medical school and worked as a doctor – full-time

You can recover completely!
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

You can recover completely!

Our daughter was 10 years old, and every week mom had to carry her to her GP for help
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

Our daughter was 10 years old, and every week mom had to carry her to her GP for help

I got my life back!
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

I got my life back!

To anyone struggling with ME, I want to say that you can get well!
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

My brain maintained my condition by pondering questions such as: ‘How am I doing today, which symptoms are the hardest, and consequently; what will I be doing today?’
Long Covid Other methods POTS

My brain maintained my condition by pondering questions such as: ‘How am I doing today, which symptoms are the hardest, and consequently; what will I be doing today?’

It was a great revelation and relief to discover that I had the power to heal myself
Freedom from Chronic Pain Long Covid POTS

It was a great revelation and relief to discover that I had the power to heal myself

After one year and 10 days I realized that I was done with COVID! The mind-body connection was the final piece in my healing
Long Covid Other methods

After one year and 10 days I realized that I was done with COVID! The mind-body connection was the final piece in my healing

I had to work incredibly hard to avoid reverting to the pattern of exhaustion I had been stuck in
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

I had to work incredibly hard to avoid reverting to the pattern of exhaustion I had been stuck in

I was 13 years, and had no energy at all, but now I live my life the way I want to
activity management Children with CFS/ME

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

I had long Covid. I have fully recovered
Lightning Process (LP) Long Covid

I had long Covid. I have fully recovered

So, here I am, never better!
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

So, here I am, never better!

Our daughter was one of the sickest in the country, but now our worst nightmare is over
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

Our daughter was one of the sickest in the country, but now our worst nightmare is over

Luckily I am stubborn, and so I decided to disprove the idea that you just have to live with this diagnosis
CFS/ME Stress management

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

This illness will last for a long time. And why is that? Because I am already prepared to die – inside
Children with CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

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

At the CFS/ME centre they were shocked to see how ill I was. Today I could not be happier with my life
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

At the CFS/ME centre they were shocked to see how ill I was. Today I could not be happier with my life

If I had let my symptoms stop me, I would never have been able to continue
activity management Chronic fatigue Other methods Stress management

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

At last, there was somebody who understood. This is why I was on the phone, crying because of the kindness of these strangers
Children with CFS/ME Other methods

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

To me ME is no great mystery
CFS/ME Lightning Process (LP)

To me ME is no great mystery