Gregg Charles Fisher, a CFS patient, writes, “One of the most important pieces of advice I can give any friend or family member affected by CFS is to rely on the help of others. When our CFS support group first began, I imagined its sole purpose would be to help those of us with this illness cope with our affliction. I never dreamed it would also serve as a place where family and friends could find comfort and understanding.
Don’t be afraid to include your loved one among the people you go to for help. When my wife and I first became ill, I made the foolish mistake of keeping most of my emotions locked away, deep inside. I felt guilty burdening her with them; it seemed selfish to ask her to help me. I hoped that if I ignored my feelings, the problems and resentments would just go away. But suppressed emotions don’t go away – they fester and grow.”
(Source: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A complete guide to symptoms, treatments, and solving the practical problems of CFS. By Gregg Charles Fisher, with contributions by Paul Cheney, M.D., Ph.D., Nelson Gantz, M.D., David Klonoff, M.D., and James Oleske, M.D.)