My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS

Non-Fiction - Self Help
170 Pages
Reviewed on 03/11/2014
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Author Biography

Author of several self-help books, Rebecca Richmond enjoyed a highly successful career within global organisations, later going on to become a qualified coach. Having triumphed over adversity and cancer, as a master practitioner of NLP, hypnosis and Time Line Therapy,™ she is ideally equipped to help people achieve the wellness they deserve.

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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

There is hope for winning the battle against Fibromyalgia/CFS. Rebecca Richmond has developed a 'go to' reference for helping those suffering from either or both of these debilitating syndromes in My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS. As Rebecca lays out the causes and symptoms of both syndromes, one begins to wonder if there is any way to survive so much pain. Her personal story shows how the syndrome slowly continued to diminish not only her physical capabilities, but also her hope. And then she turned a corner. This book is about the programs and activities that she undertook in order to get a handle on her condition and turn her life around. Within its pages are programs and therapies that begin with strengthening one’s resolve to beat this condition. She then lays out diet, exercise, and psychological control of one’s emotions and stress, including maintaining a high sense of self-esteem.

My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS begins with the tragic story of Rebecca Richmond’s weakening by the pain and psychologically draining onset of Fibromyalgia/CFS, but it ends as a story of victory. Rebecca lays out the battle plan in clear and concise language that is easy to understand and easy to follow. Helping to fix one’s attitude in a positive determination to beat this condition is a major part of the program that Rebecca has laid out and she has done an excellent job of instilling that confidence and determination in the pages of this book. Each step in her battle is clearly illustrated by her own personal experience and lends a high degree of credibility and a point of critical reference to the reader. Knowledgeable, practical and encouraging, My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS is a critical guide for those who are suffering from either one or both of these syndromes and a battle plan to overcome them.

Mary DeKok Blowers

My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS, by Rebecca Richmond, is an interesting look at an often misunderstood pair of afflictions: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Doctors sometimes don’t know what to do with these patients because there is no clear cause or treatment for them. Thus, we end up doctoring ourselves. There is a lot we can do if we have symptoms of these ailments and many of the symptoms, according to Rebecca Richmond, are stress-related. She had fibromyalgia herself and so completely understands others who suffer from it, but unlike many such patients, she takes a positive, proactive attitude which has all but halted these symptoms.

Since stress is thought to be one of the main factors in contracting either of these two related conditions, stress relievers are a majority of the help presented in this book. Everyone has some control over circumstances in their own life, through choices they make, and so one tip is to remove as much stress as possible. While that is easier said than done, if you think about a flat tire as being the end of the world, you are likely to feel worse than if you just fix it or call for help and deal with it. Beyond that, many meditation scripts are provided that can help with relaxation and sleep, and acceptance, and attitude shifts. Exercise and sleep are important factors in maximizing your health, no matter what conditions you may have, and these areas are covered as well. While someone with Fibromyalgia may not be able to run marathons, it’s important to do what you can consistently, even if it’s just walking five minutes a day, or three times a day, increasing it gradually to a more ambitious level. My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS, by Rebecca Richmond, will help you to get healthier if you suffer from these conditions. I really enjoyed this book and there are some good tips I will be trying.