Ms. Butcher shares her intense and emotional journey of how the autoimmune disease chronic fatigue syndrome impacted her life from her first symptoms to the progress of her treatment and physical, spiritual and emotional recovery.
By sharing with others, she hopes to inspire others to seek help so they may lead better lives as well. She wants them to know there is hope.
“As a former CFS sufferer and current healthcare practitioner, I feel Ms. Butcher provides an informative and interesting perspective on this disease and her road to recovery.”
“As a fellow sufferer of CFS, I was truly able to relate to Ms. Butchers’ experiences, thoughts and feelings. Her reference to the Word of God comforted my heart. Truly inspiring and honest.”
Beckie Butcher is the recipient of five awards from various organizations, including:
She have also had the privilege of being interviewed by such celebrities as Jim Masters and Doug Llewellyn.
"........... It was all I could do just to get up in the morning.Every joint and muscle in my body ached. I remember walking down to the kitchen one afternoon having no idea whatsoever who I was or where I was. After almost twenty years of living alone, I was afraid to live alone. Eventually, I couldn't get out of bed except to eat and use the washroom. That alone took all the strength I had. I couldn't hold a simple conversation........in 2007,at the age of 43, I thought I was going to die."
Beckie Butcher was by all definition an ordinary and healthy person, that is, until she began to feel tired. Gradually but rather quickly symptoms of intense fatigue began to overtake her ability to cope with everyday living. She came down with a devastating condition known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There is not much known about this disease, but it is believed to be a virus such as herpes which is the root cause for mononucleosis, and often linked to cancer. In Beckie’s case, she lost so much energy making it impossible for her to function any semblance of a normal life. At one point, I was taken by her telling the story how she was so tired she couldn’t get out of bed one day, only when needed to attend to herself in the bathroom, even then she had to crawl on the floor to get there.
This fatigue continued to a point when she simply thought she was going to die. Many improper diagnoses were made, offering her no relief. A disease without any known cure, all she could do was pray to God to heal her. This was a major turning point in her life, as she reached deeper and deeper in faith and prayer as the only resort to sustain her life. It came down to her belief God IS there for her. He’s the reason I’m still here, she prayed to herself.
Although there wasn’t a medical breakthrough, it was determined that Beckie had a misaligned vertebrae at the top of her neck, C-1. Chiropractic manipulation of her vertebrae seemed to slowly have a positive effect on her. Eventually she was able to regain much of her energy. However not to minimize the power of prayer and the wisdom gained when she surrendered herself to God’s faith.
Beckie concludes in My Battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, thoughts of how she learned to cope. I found them all interesting but in particular she says to let go of past hurts and anger. “Negative emotions are stresses on the body, and stress does not help the healing process.” Aside from that psychological change, physical activities including yoga, meditation and eating healthy and exercising all were good – but deepening your faith in God was paramount to her healing.
This book is a brief reaffirmation of how the strength of prayer and God’s love is fundamentally a healing process, when cases where modern medicine is still ineffective. It is a lesson many have learned. Forgetting past negative instances, letting go of anger, is another lesson in which everybody can benefit from.
I met Ms. Butcher at an author event. A lovely lady. We swapped books and she told me about her disease...Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I never knew there was such a debilitating disease. Beckie is well-versed in her research and I read her book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. It was raw and very straight-forward. She chronicles her discovery of CSF, the slow road to living with it, and finding hope in God's Word and the many specialists to help heal her pain. Nicely done.
book review by Donna Ford
"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients truly suffer. It is a serious illness which attacks the organs, muscles, and nervous system. We are not simply ‘tired.’"
In August, 2007, a doctor’s report informed the author that her strange and disabling symptoms resulted from high levels of the antigen for Epstein-Barr. Triggered by exposure to this virus, her body over-responded, causing the autoimmune disease known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Prior to this, Butcher led an active life: working twenty years in clinical laboratories; singing in a choir; and preparing to open The Butcher’s Block, a catering service. Instead, a few months later her brain was literally foggy; she became confused, and her joints and muscles ached, leaving her bedridden.
Still, finally having a diagnosis meant that there likely was a way to heal. Butcher started reading resources of an online support group. There were warnings that friends might leave (which did happen to the author). However, in this book Butcher shares the positive help she received. Her mother took over the shopping and laundry. Eventually, the author swallowed her pride and let church members bring her meals. One church member told of a chiropractor using the NUCCA method to ease neck misalignment and promote body healing. Visits with her pastor allowed Butcher to forgive herself and others. She shed tears of grief for a life that might never return and found additional help in religious booklets on suffering. Progress has been slow, but after several years the author is much improved.
The author’s book is a combination of memoir and rebuttal. Butcher bravely speaks out, believing that those who deal daily with disabling illness need an advocate on their behalf. The book’s end matter includes neck X-rays demonstrating NUCCA treatment along with tips for how well-meaning friends can best help a chronically-ill person. This hopeful and informative 38-page book is a veritable healing package.