Strategies: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Journey - Price: $17.95
by Tami Brady, ISBN: 978-1-932690-48-4
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An estimated 4-8 million people in America suffer with Fibromyalgia - another one million have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These two diseases may directly affect 5% of the world's population.
In 1997, after a chaotic year of intense medical and psychological testing, the author was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. She spent much of the last ten years in deep denial, feeling alone, confused, frustrated, and angry. It took her a great deal of soul searching to finally become a better, more centered person.
Her book provides worksheets you can develop to tailor your personal responses to symptoms and crises. It is the good, the bad, and the ugly of her personal journey that she shares with readers.
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Dr. Tami Brady earned a BA and an MA in Archaeology and Heritage before turning her interests to alternative medicine (RP, RM, DD), largely due to her own experiences with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Today she provides Whole Health Therapy sessions to help people with Fibromyalgia. She is the author of nine books the latest of which is Strategies: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Journey. More information about Tami, her Whole Health Therapy services, and her various publications can be found on her website at http://www.tami-brady.com.
Book Review :
Tami Brady shares her story with us of her journey with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. She discusses many common symptoms that come with having these conditions. I think the most common symptom is the pain that occurs in the trigger points. She also discusses what she calls "Fibrofog." It brought me great relief to read about this because I have this happen so much, I get anxious that it could be the start of Alzheimer's disease, at forty! It was a relief to see that it is part of the condition. The interrupted sleep sessions definitely exacerbate the bouts. I also share her experience with her legs giving out on her.
In addition to discussing what doesn't work, Ms. Brady also discusses what she found helpful. Moderation with everything definitely seems to be very important. Reiki is also a good healing practice. I found that either doing it on myself or others is beneficial. Healthy eating is important as well. Getting into fad diets is not the way to go. Our bodies let us know with pain, that we are doing something wrong.
To help us with a healing plan, Ms. Brady offers a series of strategies to help with certain symptoms. She gives her own personal examples and then offers blank charts so that we can fill in our own information. This is an excellent strategy for tracking symptoms, causes and treatments. This is a great way for you to organize a program and keep track of what works. There is an extensive list of resources to help you on your way. Applying these resources to yourself helps you to take charge of your own health. "Strategies" is an excellent resource for people at all phases of the disease.
(Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)