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The Battle Of Chronic Fatigue
by Joy L. Hale
Saturday, June 18, 2011
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Poets write about many things here on AD, their likes, dislikes, their thoughts; it is in this arena of free speaking that I now offer this poem to you. There are over five million people in the world who suffer from Chronic Fatigue. I have CF and I can tell you that this illness is about so much more than just fatigue. I am including a poem that I wrote for the magazine, The Chronic Fatigue Chronicle. In doing so, I hope to raise the awareness of this often misunderstood medical problem.

  

 

The Battle of Chronic Fatigue

 

We are a small army
Laboring up another steep hill,
Struggling with the doubting Thomas's
That turn a deaf ear to our plea.

Geared in invisible combat attire,
We face the family and friends
Who try to understand our problems,
Failing to see past our alien illness.

Wounded in the never ending war,
Our battle scars run deep.
We are weary, discouraged soldiers
Limping towards the next skirmish.

Can people not see who we are?
That we are not defined by our illness?
No one seems to understand that
Every day is another battle.

As my heart reaches out to yours,
Please join your hand with mine.
We will stand together
Until the answers are found.

We will march forward
With courage and conviction,
Using our shield of faith to protect us 
Against the darts of the uninformed.

 

Joy L. Hale
Copyright May 2011
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Reviewed by lois christensen 8/16/2014
Glad you let us know about this.
Reviewed by Tao Chi 10/29/2013
People need to be aware, not only of Chronic Fatigue but other illnesses that cause fatigue. Because people just don't get it. Unless someone actually experiences it, they don't understand. I have MS fatigue and it SUCKS. I actually take Nuvigil, my neurologist Rx'd it and it does cut the fatigue a little, but only if I have rested the night before. If not, it won't work. I have tachycardia and i have not had a problem with it at all as far as increasing heartrate. It gets me motivated to do things. Anyone with the severe fatigue problem should really ask their doctor about that medicine. it will help a lot. it will get you moving and that's what needs to happen. It's hard I know, but you have to make yourself move. I'm blessed to have an understanding husband and he knows when I want to be pushed to get outside and go hike, fish, etc. Then he knows when to keep his mouth shut.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 10/28/2013
Yes I am well aware of this disease as it affects many more than are counted because many are not even aware there is a name for this disease and go without any kind of treatment. I also suffer from fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, lumbar stenosis, two ruptured disks and other nerve damage caused by too many years of untreated elevated glucose levels prior to being struck with diabetes type 2. Despite the number of pain killers prescribed, I prefer to go without their influence and trust in my own bodies ability to withstand pain on its own and working and moving through the pains so none of these becomes a visible disability. I have found comfort in the book of Job as inspiration and impetus.
Amor
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 11/29/2012
Although I don't suffer from this I do know it is very real as I have a friend who has it along with fibromyalgia - bad combo but I've heard that the two go hand in hand. God bless you!

Love ya!

Jane
Reviewed by Betty Cochran (Reader) 7/10/2011
Joy, this is one of your very best.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/5/2011
I have both invisible and visible disabilities and illnesses. Yet God sees that I get through each day; it's only by His mercy and grace that I can. EXCELLENT write, Joy; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/26/2011
This can be said about any "So called invisible illness" thank you for sharing and I can relate in more ways than one~~~
In Christs Love
Michelle~
Reviewed by ANNA CLOUTIER (Reader) 6/25/2011
JOY, POWERFUL AND TRUE HOW I RELATE TO THESE WORDS. SEEMS LIKE THE SAME FIGHT FOR LYME DISEASE...NO ONE LISTENS OR HEARS.
I AM READING AND TOTALLY UNDERSTANDING. BEAUTIFUL WRITE, ANNA
Reviewed by Z McClure 6/24/2011
Very enlightening write on a mystery illness that many are still unaware of or misunderstand. I hope people will read this poem and do their part to draw attention to this problem.

~Z.B.McClure
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 6/22/2011
You are a very strong lady. I know from experience anything labeled chronic is just a mystery to doctors. Excellent writing as always, Dear Lady.
Peace
Tony
Reviewed by Richard King 6/21/2011
Joy, this is courage personified…. nicely written, as well.

Thank you for sharing. Dick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/20/2011
Well done, Joy! This illness is so little understood...just like mental illnesses...unless and until you experience it or love someone who goes through it...people don't seem to bother trying to understand! I hope you keep your positive attitude and rise above any negativity surrounding your health issues, Joy!

Blessings,
Anna
Reviewed by JMS Bell 6/19/2011
I HAVEN'T READ UP ON THIS DIAGNOSIS, BUT I WILL. HOWEVER, I AM THINKING THAT PEOPLE WITH THIS AILMENT ARE OFTEN LABLED AS JUST BEING DOWNRIGHT LAZY, WHEN ALL THE WHILE IT'S CF. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 6/19/2011
Excellently penned.
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 6/19/2011
My Dearest Lady Joy...Take my hand, stroll with me
down life's avenue...conversing all the way, as forever
friends do...imaging a life with out pain and strife, that
you so richly deserve.

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Laura Fall 6/19/2011
A wonderful write and so sorry that you suffer from this Joy as I have been battling panic attacks and suffer daily . Well done poem indeed Laura
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 6/18/2011
This is wonderful and full of such rich information and compassion!
I'm so sorry you suffer, and it must be terribly difficult, but you also offer the sweetness of connection and perspective with your words.
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/18/2011
Thank you, Joy, for sharing this
with all of us, a serious illness
many don't understand and probably underestimate
or indeed dismiss and ignore.
Thank you and may be you be strong and well.

John
Reviewed by George Dominguez 6/18/2011
Joy This poem was deeply inspired from the heart and through experience living with CF. It touched me so much. Thank you for sharing your illness in a poem to us all for those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue. It's an everyday battle. Have a lovely day and God Bless. George AKA THE WISE OLD OWL
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/18/2011
It took years for doctors to understand this illness and treat patients with it. Vanderbuilt University Hospital in Tennessee has a wing devoted to this illness and have been working on a cure for it. Try contacting them for further information.
Reviewed by James Johnston 6/18/2011
I know firsthand that you have had a long and tortuous journey with this often misunderstood malady. Perhaps the sharing or your battle scars with others will be a cathartic for you. I will pray that it be so. Just Jim
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/18/2011
Thank you for teaching me about something I know little about. Love, peace, and encouragement,

Regis
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/18/2011
Maybe I have a touch of that lately (I know you can't just have a "touch") because I sure have been on a downward spiral with my writing. I'm in your corner. Really. Wishing you continued success in the never-ending war.
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