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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434363589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434363589
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alexandra Barton is a life coach, counsellor and nutritional therapist living in the UK. She specialises in helping people with CFS/ME to regain their health. (www.alexbarton.co.uk) Alexandra was ill for many years with CFS/ME but recovered to lead a normal life. When she was ill Alexandra was depressed by the lack of recovery stories available to give her hope for her own recovery. When she recovered Alexandra felt that people with CFS/ME needed to know that recovery is possible and so she advertised in newspapers and magazines to find people who had recovered and who would be willing to write their story. Fifty people kindly agreed to write their stories of hope. The result is the book "Recovery from CFS - 50 Personal Stories".

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I highly recommend this book for anyone suffering with CFS/ME or has a loved who is.
Michael
Though each person's story is different, they all uplift and inspire a person affected with this illness that there is HOPE!!
Hike Colorado
I saw myself in many of the stories in the book and seeing that they got better gave me even more of a boost.
C. Reidy

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael on March 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book for anyone suffering with CFS/ME or has a loved who is. I related with nearly all the stories in the book -even felt some could just as well been written by me. It is filled with all kinds of practical help but, more importantly, it is filled with hope. The causes of this illness and the path to recovery can be quite varied. The reader will, however, find many common threads among the 50 stories in this book. On the really difficult days when hope and energy would ebb and frustration and despair flow, I could curl up in my bed, open this book and feel the rejuvenating power of relating to others who had successfully navigated out of the clutches of what can sometimes seem to be an implacable and elusive affliction. I have made some very tangible progress towards my health in the last 6 months and consider reading this book to be a key turning point. I have complete confidence that I will soon be able to contribute my own story to what I hope will be another addition to this wonderful book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Knight on April 5, 2010
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Our 20 year old daughter has had chronic fatigue syndrome for over four years and we have tried treatment programs on offer by medical practitioners and a number of alternative therapists without any real success to date. A couple of months ago, I came across Alexandra Barton's book and found it to be very well written, easy to read and full of fresh ideas in terms of what other people have done to get on top of CFS. In addition, after reading the book I had a number of questions relating to our daughter that I emailed through to the author, and she very kindly got back to me with some more helpful information that we plan to use. Thank you Alexandra for putting this wonderful resource together and for being so committed to helping other people with CFS. Graeme Knight, Perth, Western Australia
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Baffled on July 16, 2011
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While I love the premise of this book, publishing stories of people who recovered from CFS and how they did it, please be aware that this book was published in the UK where they use the very lax Oxford definition of CFS. This means that some of the patients in this book, while diagnosed by their UK GPs with CFS, really suffered from fatigue due to other causes such as vitamin deficiency or depression rather than true CFS as defined by the CDC (Fukuda definition) or the stringent Candian definition. As long as you realize this you can weed out the true CFS recovery stories from the fatigue stories. Also some of the recovery methods used by the patients are very controversial. That said I did enjoy reading the book and it made me realize how very important having a good definition of the illness is crutial to research into this devastating illness.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Georgina A. Oldfield on March 4, 2009
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Alexandra Barton, who has herself recovered from ME, realised just how important it is for people living with ME to realise that there is a way out. Too often people with ME are told there is no cure, so to be able to read not just 1 recovery story, but 50, and all in each individual's own words, provides hope and inspiration to those who desperately need it.

Well done Alexandra for providing an invaluable book, which not only contains the recovery stories themselves, but also includes a number of resources for ME sufferers to choose from to help them in their own recovery from ME.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Reidy on May 14, 2010
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I read this book during a particularly brutal relapse. It not only immediately lifted my spirits but gave me great insight into treatments and strategies for recovery. I saw myself in many of the stories in the book and seeing that they got better gave me even more of a boost. I now return to the book whenever I need a pick-up or tip. In short, this book is a MUST for those with the syndrome and maybe more importantly for those who love them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gaboora on May 21, 2012
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Definitions: CFS stands for chronic fatigue syndrome; ME stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis; FMS stands for fibromyalgia syndrome.

Some sufferers will shun this book because it says recovery from CFS on the cover, not recovery from ME. They will suppose, because of the title, that no recovery from ME will be found among these 50 personal stories. That would be a rash supposition. The ME label is too little known for it to be of much use in selling a book. No doubt some of the cases reported of in here involve nothing but burnout, depression, or general fatigue. But some cases do seem to involve bona fide myalgic encephalomyelitis, what some ME advocates resolutely refuse to call CFS. If an ME sufferer chooses to dismiss a story on account of the label used by the storyteller to identify his ailment, then remedies that might help could be thoughtlessly passed by as well. Persons plagued with this disease, by whatever name, use labels variously. It is up to the reading sufferer to judge on a story-by-story basis in order to glean what he can from whomever.

There are two keynote stories in Recovery from CFS, one by the editor, and one by the athlete pictured on the front cover. And there is, in addition and for starters, a fifty-first installment by a doctor in the Foreword. This is a `success story' that ME sufferers will, or should be, offended by. It is unfortunate and counterproductive that a story containing the statement that CFS/FMS/ME are `very treatable' is used to kick-start a series of stories that prove the contrary. `Very treatable' connotes an easy fix to a symptom complex that seems to point to sundry illnesses all at once but nowhere in particular. From Rita's Story: "Most of the symptoms I had resembled so many other illnesses.
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