CFS is more than a virus, more than a dysfunctional immune system. It is a challenge to your whole way of life. Where did your particular stressors come from? Why did they accumulate to the breaking point? What are they? How can you prevent the circumstance that enabled them to occur from occurring again?
The journey inward is like a quest to the top of the mountain that rises above the chaos in your life and body. The trek is not by way of an escalator. It is a long, hard climb. The only way out of this mess is through it. There will be many hills and valleys along the way, and there may be times when you wonder, “why bother?” Just remember this: when you are ascending the mountain you can look back down and know what was. But when you’re deep in the valley, you can’t look up through the fog and see what will be. Trust. When you cross a small valley along your trek, the memory of what you have already seen and learned will sustain you.
(Source: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic, by Jesse E. Stoff, M.D., and Charles R. Pellegrino, Ph.D.)