Another CFS Recovery Story - Kate Moody

Another CFS Recovery Story:

Kate Moody’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Recovery Story – The Power of Women’s Intuition

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Many of us that have been ill for years, come to think that you will never get over Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  You feel like you can’t find answers for CFS or M.E. .   But Kate Moody shares how her intuition guided her all along to recover from CFS. 

In this interview, we speak about the harshness of having CFS, how we can lose our friends during illness with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Kate shares how she healed from and finally got over Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and gets a little emotional when she talks about what it meant to her to have her parents support.

15 years of pushing herself beyond her limits topped off by doing one of the most demanding treks in the world that likely triggered 2 years of low level fatigue which were then followed by 3 years of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

A Woman’s Intuition & the Power to Recover from CFS

Here are some interesting highlights to look out for:

  • What is similar in your experience of the illness when you first got sick?
  • Did you have a strong instinct to do something – what was it for Kate – did you follow your instinct?
  • How much grief did you experience when you accepted and dealt with CFS?
  • What were 2 turning points to Kate’s recovery?

For fifteen years she lived a ceaselessly busy life, driven by a constant need to achieve and a tireless commitment to her corporate profession as a practice manager. She had lived a good part of her life very actively pursuing her life goals and being physically fit.  Kate had been constantly pushing herself beyond her limits on all levels for over 10 years.  She says that “Right up until I came crashing down with CFS I had been burning the candle at both ends for over a decade.”

Towards the end of her corporate career, Kate started to suffer severe lower back pain and that gradually led to glandular fever, intolerances to foods, a constant sore throat and swollen glands, muscle weakness and pain, and then debilitating chronic fatigue.  This resulted in her life turning upside down.

Kate’s Experience of Having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Kate experienced grief in the letting go process of losing her “independence identity”, at the peak of her youth at 31 years old.  She felt betrayed by her body.

During her research and efforts to understand the illness of ME/CFS, Kate came across a medical report journal where a well known CFS GP specialist writes ‘people with this illness experience every day what cancer and AIDS patients who are dying experience three months before their deaths.’

She says that she could strongly relate to that statement when she was bedridden, which was for 6 months at the very beginning of the illness as well as during her crashes over the next 2 years.

“I could literally feel my organs and physical systems beginning to shut down. It was like I was beginning to rot from the inside out. I can remember thinking – okay, is this what it is like to be dying and to be facing my mortality.”  Kate said.

Kate found her journey with CFS to be very isolating and often lost touch with friends and family and often did not feel understood and experienced some very hurtful and insensitive comments.

Kate describes CFS as a very real, raw and debilitating illness. She explains how no one could explain why she was feeling so ill, and doctors were quick to diagnose depression and write out a script for anti-depressants.  Kate declined, feeling that she did not want to hand over her personal power to medical authorities who also didn’t have an understanding of her symptoms.  Eventually Doctors came to realise that Kate did have CFS and not depression.  She says that she whilst she was grieving for the life, she wasn’t depressed and still had her sense of humour and lightness of being.  She was coming to terms with a new reality.

Kate tried to push through her symptoms, like she used to before she had CFS (if she was unwell with a flu or head cold).  But as she kept pushing, she kept getting worse.  Her  energy continued to crash, symptoms flared and she had to rest in bed for days. Her body and muscles became weaker and she lost all her physical strength and had little energy to communicate.

Kate’s Recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Kate’s first major step towards recovery was realising that she had to change.  She says that acceptance was a major step towards feeling better, and towards recovery.

“Acceptance doesn’t mean embracing your pain or identifying yourself only as a person with the illness of CFS.  It means a willingness to experience pain and fatigue as a part of life, and a willingness to move on with your life even when pain and fatigue is present.   Ultimately, acceptance means adapting, more or less gracefully, to the changes that chronic illness brings. Living life well with a chronic illness means nothing more and nothing less than accepting our humanity and being comfortable within our vulnerability.”

For Kate, the grieving process was difficult and painful and took place for 12 months.

Kate believes that “The biggest challenge that begins to shift and lift the heavy blanket of fatigue and other symptoms of CFS, is to discover and identify what has manifested the illness within you, and if you are not getting better – What is actually stopping you from healing?”

 When asked what was key to her recovery, Kate responds as follows:

“In a nutshell, what relieved and lifted the heavy chronic fatigue, strengthened my spirits and faith, brought peace, and ultimately restored my well-being was deepening my connection to God and spirituality.  This part of my experience may not be shared by all CFS sufferers however, for me it is an essential aspect of finding peace in my CFS healing journey. My spirituality and relationship with God became my lifeline and compassionate understanding around illness, living, dying and hope.   The other key healing approaches were also yoga, meditation, relaxation, nutrition and acupuncture. “

All in all, Kate was sick for 3 years before she claimed her recovery.

Kate Now that she has recovered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Kate hopes that her story can bring validation and comfort to what CFS sufferers go through , alone, behind closed doors in silence.

“I hope it empowers CFS sufferers to keep walking forward through the devastating affects of CFS and come to eventually see the gifts such an illness  and recovery offers to your soul.  May my story bring a deeper understanding as CFS sufferer’s carers, loved ones and yoga teachers walk along side them on their journey.”

Kate now resides in the beautiful Dandenongs near Melbourne, Australia – and offers restorative yoga classes for people living with CFS and 1 day workshops in ‘How to Manage your Energy – keys for Radiant Wellbeing’ and workshops specifically for women –  Women’s Menstruation and Wellbeing.  She also supports on-line classes and support skype sessions for people who are bed ridden with the CFS illness, living in remote rural areas throughout Australia and around the world.

For further information, inspiration and empowerment around CFS, Kate’s healing journey and her programs,  visit her website –

A Woman's Intuition leads to recovery from CFS

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Steve - August 11, 2013 Reply

Thanks Kate and Dan for this interview. Its interesting hearing other peoples journeys. Personally I cant relate so much with finding the spirituality but it also sounds a lot like Kate needed to reconnect with her body and emotions and move away from a achiever mentality…which is something I hear regularly…also sounds like the had a fundamental reassessment of her life and direction based upon this reconnection…
Its quite amazing how seriously physical the symptoms of the body get and can be healed from these sort of changes.
Now I wish I could get better. 8 years for me so far…:(
Best wishes.

    nuit34 - August 11, 2013 Reply

    Hi Steve – thanks for your comment. Your language suggests you think it isn’t possible for you to get better. I hope I can help you by publishing lots more stories about people who get over FMS/CFS/ME to strengthen your resolve. I do this because I know exactly how you feel – it all sounds a bit like some fairy tale and it is hard to fathom that this can happen for ourselves! You are doing well to still be looking for answers (better than had done – I gave up after about 4 -5 years). Cheers, Dan

      Riski - September 29, 2013 Reply

      Hi Loretta,My therapist was based in London which was autlobsely fine, when I first spoke with him I was bedridden and couldn’t even feed myself so going to a clinic was not an option, so talking on the phone was the best for me. It’s been the most profound life changing experience of my life, it sounds dramatic I know but it’s true. In a year and a half I’ve gone from being totally bedridden told I was going to die from a GP to living my life the fullest I have ever done, all thanks to this therapy.I’m happy to chat with u on skype about this if you wud like, I’m just trying to spread the word about this therapy as I hate the thought of anyone going through what I did and I now kno how relatively easy it can be healed. U can email me at and we can organize to chat, only if you want, no pressure! Otherwise all the best in ur recovery

Steve - August 11, 2013 Reply

Hi Dan – thanks for the response. Ive met quite a few people who have recovered so I know its possible – Im just not finding it easy myself…I liked your book and think the ANS theory has legs – its strong on theory however in terms of treatment its not so strong…also would have been good to see some actual references in there to back up the statements…Best wishes…

    nuit34 - August 12, 2013 Reply

    Hi Steve

    Good for you! It isn’t easy for most of us – that is at the crux of the challenge with FMS/CFS. You are right, the book outlines a framework but people need much more help and information – I hope to help with that one day soon! The explanation evolved through my own reasoning, however there is overwhelming scientific evidence for it. Most if it isn’t even just backed just by research, but is just in medical textbooks. You can pretty much google nearly everything in there to find scientific backing.

    Best wishes,


Steve - August 12, 2013 Reply

Hi Dan – yes I was wondering if perhaps it was possible that in australia where you are I think (?) its a little less apparent stories of people recovering…Im interested in the incidence of CFS there as well actually…in the UK over these last 10 years there have been a few flurries of developments in therapies such as Lightening Process, Reverse Therapy, Gupta program, The Optimum Health Clinic to name a few that have got some results but as usual its patchy. To be honest I think your hypothesis is the most solid I have read so I congratulate you on that work – and its why I wouldnt mind it being more solidly referenced to back it up. But anyways – getting people well has got to be the focus and helping people understand in a way that empowers them and gets results-which despite the theory isnt always easy as I am finding myself…as you have probably found – it is highly contentious and people have differing beliefs…I look forward to any futher work you put into this area…Steve

Katie - Conquering Fear Spiritually (CFS) - August 12, 2013 Reply

Hi Dan! Thank you so much for sharing Kate’s story with us- it is very similar to my own journey from healing CFS and I can relate to a lot of what she’s saying!

Thank you Dan and Kate!

Katie xx

CB - August 13, 2013 Reply

Hi Dan, thanks for this – another uplifting and positive recovery story, they are so encouraging. Each time I read about recovery there are similar themes throughout and a massive change that someone has made to their life. I have read and researched so much over the last few years and its very interesting what seems to keep cropping up, there has to be something in it! CB

    nuit34 - August 13, 2013 Reply

    Aha! THAT is what it is about! Until I manage to build a more comprehensive education and coaching program that compliments the important first step of CFS Unravelled, I hope that people will start to glimpse how to recover from Fibromyalgia and how to recover from chronic fatigue syndrome via these recovery stories.
    It sounds like you are making the connections! As you can see, I am not hand-picking the stories and none of them made their journey through my instruction – so it isn’t promotional. But no matter who recovers in what way, it inevitably follows the framework and logic described in CFS Unravelled.
    Glad you are making the connections!

Alex Hall - August 14, 2013 Reply

Thanks for another recovery story. I found it most useful to hear of kates experiences with pacing and eventually completing her recovery by testing the boundaries with her dancing course. This is something where I keep getting the balance wrong and end up constantly in the boom/bust cycle, with each bust taking me deeper into illness than before – I look forward to hearing more of how people manage to get this aspect right as I am sure it is key to recovery. I completely relate to Kate’s experiences of going through the grief process for her old life, loss of independence and friends – she was extremely fortunate (and understandably very grateful) to have supportive family around her as many of us simply don’t have this and can’t just get looked after by someone else and have no financial pressures. Sometimes when I hear things like this it makes me a little downhearted as I wonder if recovery is possible without such advantages as this seemed to be what helped Kate the most.

    nuit34 - August 14, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for your contribution Alex.

    My hope is to build a coaching program that explains how and why all these recoveries actually occur and to give you the distinctions and tools to achieve these outcomes and turn around some of the disadvanatages you mention.

    Understanding this is really critical to recovery in my view so that you can tailor your personal strategy to normalise the ANS dysfunction that I describe in the video explanation.

    Keep listening to the recovery stories and see if you can gleam the insights! :)

Moose (Benn) - August 15, 2013 Reply

Kate and Dan, Thank you for another recovery story to balance out the ‘doom and gloom’ of this condition. After 7 years of suffering I think I would have been suicidal if it were not for discovery empathy/connection and a higher power.
It took me 4 years in to give up surfing, even thou every time I went I was messed up for a week. And 6 years to then admit spearfishing was messing me up too. All this time I did not work as I was too ill. I now do virtually no exercise -a miracle as I was an exercise junkie. I can finally can be without external stimulation and be happy – wow.
My cousin was diagnosed with bipolar and described an incident when she was overwhelmed, hungry, cold and needing the toilet. She then stepped further away from dealing with any of these 3 issues – further away from ‘self-care’. In hearing this, I so related. Especially after the cfs had raised my consciousness to my own lack of ‘self-care’. Cfs, bipolar, e.t.c. to me are different manifestations of the same malady – disassociation.
For me this is a dis-ease of dis-association from our animal felt-selves. I was very disassociated from my felt-self. My journey has been to feel, feel, feel. I would not have life any other way now, even though I have not yet recovered my energy. I am getting taller as my spine unwinds!
I am transforming, not recovering.
Love to all out there on this challenging journey.
Moose (Benn)

    nuit34 - August 15, 2013 Reply

    Hi Moose :)

    It’s a tough journey, but glad that you can see the ‘transformation’ as part of your recovery.

    After I recovered and managed to go back to those activities that I had never thought myself as doing (that was just about everything really!), it was quite an emotional experience.

    Stay positive and hope the video explanation and CFS Unravelled are helping you to focus your efforts – Treat the Cause, not just the consequences!

    Thanks for sharing mate!


Peggy Brown - August 19, 2013 Reply

Thank you for your article. This is my second time of going through a total debilitating relapse. It’s much more difficult this time due to being 15 years older at the age of 58. My family is having a very difficult time seeing me like this and hand out directives daily on what, when & how I should be reacting to my symptoms in order to “get over it”. Although they are concerned & mean well, it just makes it worse. I’ve gone from working 50 hrs/week at my dream job to laying in the bed 72+ hours per week due to weakness. I, too, do not feel depressed and have seen 17 MD’s in the past 12 weeks with all making statements of “maybe you’re depressed”. I’ve even considered leaving home for a period of time to see if I could find peace of mind/body. I’ve been married for 39 years and love him with all my heart, but he isn’t attracted to the person I now have become. My children think if they can keep me busy by keeping one or more of the 12 grandchildren then I’ll “snap out of it”. I dearly love my children and grandchildren but do not have the physical or emotional energy to keep up with them. If you have any constructive or encouraging suggestions, I would very much appreciate them. By the way, I am a health care professional who is the Primary Income Provider for the last 20 years since my husband was disabled in a construction accident.

Valeire - August 22, 2013 Reply

Hi guys,
Thanks for video. I really want to comment on the situational experience of CFS. People who are young, single and with homes to retreat to for years seem to have a better chance to recover and transform to the adaptation. In other situations for some of us as young mothers often with babies, husbands, and businesses to uphold finances, and without family close by ,make it almost impossible to adopt this attitude. Our society is not set up for this and Kate’s circumstances are rare and unavailable to most. This then becomes a political, medical, and societal problem to educate families and others to care enough for us to become well because it takes a long time (I agree even 6 months is too long). This respite does not exist in most countries and should be part of care and cure for ME/CFS and be part of research as well for ME/CFS.

    nuit34 - August 22, 2013 Reply

    Hi Valeire
    Haveing a healing environment layed out for you certainly helps. But I have heard people in all sorts of situations recover, even those with new-born babies.
    In the end, we have to work around any disadvantages and find our own advantages, whereever they lay.
    Thanks for your comment.

Annie - August 30, 2013 Reply

Hi Dan
Listening to your interview with Kate was my first experience of your website. Having had CFS for the past 18 years (I’m 53 now) I was drawn to listen to it. I did find her story interesting, however the questions that kept popping up in my head while listening were; Is it true that the longer you have CFS the harder it is to recover from it, if at all? How can people with family remove themselves from their life (although I believe what Kate did was vital in her recovery)? Also, can the initial cause of people’s CFS determine their type of treatment (if any)?
It is inspiring to hear recovery stories. I will continue listening to your other stories and hopefully pick up some useful tips, although I’m very aware that CFS treatments and recoveries are very individual, what works for one patient won’t necessarily work for another.
I look forward to having a closer look at your website.

    nuit34 - August 31, 2013 Reply

    Hi Annie
    First of all, let me say that after 18 years you show an excellent open minded attitude – in my experience this sometimes dissappears (mine left me after only around 4 years! – :) )
    You know, there is no definitive research about the difference in probability of recovery from CFS depending on how long you have had it, not that I know of anyway. But based on my experience and understanding of the illness, it certainly would appear to be more challenging if you have had it longer as it ingrains itself into all aspects of your life.
    However, if you listen to Abigail’s fibro recovery, she was ill for a couple of decades and is now near full recovered (I think around 85-90%). So it is possible – and no reason why she may not continue to make improvements.
    I agree, that what works for one may not work for another, but hopefully you are seeing what ALL recoveries have in common. In my view, they all treat the root mechanism of CFS, sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly and sometimes by addressing secondary problems that become primary triggers of CFS.
    Glad you found this – hope you can help others find this site and find hope also!

Jiya - September 29, 2013 Reply

Hi Fluer, are you in Australia as yes I’ve read lots about Mickel Therapy in recovery and it just keeps comnig up. I’ve not been able to find someone here who does it. So brilliant to hear of your success. Only those of us who know what’s it’s like can feel your joy! Thanks heaps, Loretta

stacey - October 2, 2013 Reply

Thank you Kate and Dan. Listening to this was really encouraging and enriching

Maria - September 25, 2014 Reply

I started listening to Kate’s story with hope, but was disappointed by the end. Her recovery was mainly due to a diagnosis and treatment of parasites! Yes, a positive attitude and rest helped her recovery also, but she said that she made substantial progress after being treated for parasites!! I don’t believe she would have recovered so completely if it hadn’t been for that diagnosis. Yes, her illness was probably partly caused initially by glandular fever, but she said she was in South America before getting ill, where she picked up the parasites. It is easy to recover when you find a specific treatable factor that perpetuates the illness!

    nuit34 - September 28, 2014 Reply

    Hi Maria

    Thanks for your comments. I suspect you have not watched the video explanation. In it I desribe the root mechanism as I have put forward, which I am suggesting is the same for EVERYONE!

    So the parasites and many other secondary issues may be part of triggering the illness, and treating them can help recovery, but they are not the root driving mechanism. Understanding this is important and puts all the recovery stories into a clearer context.

    I look forward to your thoughts after you see the video explanation to see if you understand what I mean.

    Kind wishes,


cathy - April 19, 2015 Reply

Thank you for this interview, it helps a lot to hear about recovery stories. I have had CFS since my son was born in June 2012 (a combination of bad birth, viruses and working too hard). I am following the pacing advice and have noticed a small amount of improvement over the last few months. I do feel slightly upset listening to this interview because I Wish I could listen to my body and move back to my parents, but I’m unable to as a single parent. My mother is also unwell herself with MS. I just hope that when my children both attend school I can rest as much as body needs! Thanks again for this positive interview. X

    nuit34 - April 19, 2015 Reply

    Hi Cathy – yes child birth is a common trigger for ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia. I am glad you were uplifted by the interview. Of course, not everyone is lucky enough to have the support Kate had during her recovery from CFS, however, if you listen to some of the other stories, you will quickly see how people recovered despite not having the ideal environment. Evelyn story comes to mind, she was completely unsupported – perhaps listen to her interview next!

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