Author Archive for Carol Lefelt

Is It Time To Give Up Trying Pt. II: Breaking the Addiction for a Cure

"I do not hope for a cure or a radical positive change in my condition; instead I believe in the possibility of pleasurable moments." Carol Lefelt I am overwhelmed by the large number of responses to my last piece about reaching the age of 70 and feeling that it might be time to stop my quest for Read more [...]

“Is it Time To Give Up Trying?” Thoughts at Age Seventy From ‘A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle’

I felt particularly sick for a long time before our trek out west from New Jersey– woozy and aching and listless – and liable to crash miserably after almost anything, like unloading the dishwasher or washing and blow-drying my hair. Maybe, as my husband hypothesized, anticipation of the Read more [...]

Christmas in Hawaii – A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle Continues

Christmas Week, 2013 Okay, so we all know the physical and emotional stresses for ME sufferers brought by the holidays. This year, I’m afraid, I added heaps more by agreeing to spend Christmas week in Hawaii at our time share with our children and now year-old grandson. We have this timeshare Read more [...]

My Job: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle #15

We humans define ourselves in terms of what we can DO. With CFS you have an existential crisis, cause you think, "If I can't DO, who or what AM I?" Chris B I walk to the wooden cubbies in my school’s front office to pick up my mail. Usually my box is stuffed with notices, pamphlets, messages Read more [...]

Nuturing: Family and Friends – “A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle” # 14

Are You My Mother? One of the first books we read to our sons was by P.D. Eastman called Are You My Mother?  A mother bird, wearing her white polka-dotted red head scarf or babushka as a symbol of family life, leaves her unhatched egg alone in its nest while she flies away in search of food. Alas, Read more [...]

Me and My Body (My Body!) – Reflections on Free Will and Pudding Thighs….

My Body  I am built like a skinny pear. Seems I inherited mixed up genes: my mother’s mother’s skinny upper torso and my father’s mother’s ample bottom. (Grandma Pauline’s maiden name was Gross. She was buxom, but I received only her thighs and thick calves and ankles—along with her Read more [...]

Tilting South: Seeing Dr. Klimas in Miami – ‘A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle’ # 13

Dr.  Nancy Klimas, Chief Medical Officer of the Chronic Fatigue Center for Research and Treatment for Neuro-Immune Disorders, Miami, Florida, and her associate Dr. Irma Rey It was a pleasure to meet with people who believe in the disease, know its details, and understand the ordeals of its sufferers This Read more [...]

No Stone Unturned: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle #12

More Medical Maneuvers Even after the not-so-successful chronic fatigue doctors, alternative doctors, and Lyme Literate doctors, and as other health issues arose, my Odyssey continued.  Dr. Beatrix Roemheld-Hamm, internist in a family practice associated with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Read more [...]