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The CFIDS Path of Life by Jennifer Lynn Day If CFIDS makes you realize anything it is that life is what you make
of it. You can make it difficult or easy. With any illness, life changes and is more complex but you can make it
easier by letting go of the fact that you've been cheated out of what life you wanted to have.
Think of why
you were given this path of life. Maybe you will find something you've been looking for on the CFIDS path opposed to the path
of a normal young person. Think about what you wanted your life to be about if you were not sick. Then think about what the
CFIDS path of life has already given you. Would you have ever had time to literally stop and smell the roses, enjoy the chirping
of a bird, or find out who you really are ? You are a wonderful person but would you have ever noticed ? You were a smart
and determined person before but you have to realize that you are still that same person. You are determined to find a cure
for CFIDS. You are just as smart but you've lost the power to control your thinking. Maybe your grades don't show that you
are brilliant but your actions do. We, the young people w/ CFIDS, despite not feeling well can make just as much difference
as anyone who could out run or walk us.
The bigger the obstacle, the greater the challenge. We will overcome
this obstacle and come out even stronger. You can still achieve your goals and make your dreams come true but to overcome
an obstacle makes the victory even greater. An acomplishment means truely that to acomplish your goals. What could be a greater
acomplishment than a chronic illness ? Once we conquer this obstacle we have acomplished more than enough for this lifetime.