Shortly after Brooke was born, I got sick, and stayed sick for about nine months or so. It seemed I caught any and every virus in the room. In addition, when I wasn’t actively fighting off a virus, I was exhausted time and my body ached. Naturally, I went to the doctor again and again, only to hear the same thing, “You have another virus, there’s nothing we can do, you just need to rest until it passes.”
My doctors did blood work to see if I had mono, but I didn’t. That’s where they always stopped, shrugged their shoulders and offered a theory or two. Over the years I had several diagnosis, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Doctor’s theorized it was hormone related, thyroid, mild or early Rheumatoid Arthritis, and even allergies. None offered any kind of treatment plan; it was just something I had to live with.
I’d track along well for months, sometimes the better part of a year, then wham—I was down, and it took weeks to get my mojo back. I got used to being one of those people who would just loose steam every once in a while, and then take a long time to recover.
I have been struggling with chronic fatigue over the past month—it seems like lots of minor things have piled on health wise lately—so I went to the doctor while my symptoms were active and had blood work done yet again.
We finally got to the bottom of it, I have Epstein Barr Virus. Epstein Barr virus is also known as herpes 4, and by the age of 35, 95% of the population has been exposed. For most, the virus has very mild symptoms and can remain dormant their entire lives. However, for some (like me) the virus is more active.
After receiving my diagnosis, I decided to do a little research and found this video that not only describes Epstein Barr Virus, but some of the sub-diseases such as the problems I have, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. It also discusses some of the supplements that can help support our immune systems which can help keep the virus at bay.
I’ve been working on self care—I now schedule down time each day, take supplements, exercise, and meditate. I even checked out You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Under Epstein-Barr virus it says “Pushing beyond one’s limits. Fear of not being good enough. Draining all inner support. Stress virus.” That about sums things up, wouldn’t you say? To each passage, she adds an affirmation, for Epstein Barr, the affirmation is “I relax and recognize my self worth. I am good enough. Life is easy and joyful.”
I have had good results when I add daily affirmations that support my life, so I’ll be adding this one to my routine.
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