Show Notes

It's one thing seeing interviews with people that recovered, and another thing seeing them tell their stories in real-time. In this interview, Shannon tells how she recovered from fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and POTS after 7 years of illness. Her 2½ year journey was bumpy, with her actually worsening before she got better. This interview captures her journey, and when you check out the show notes you will see a collection of her video journals below that captured her story which makes for a fascinating watch.  


Introduction - What If recovery isn't going well 0:00:00
Podcast Disclaimer0:01:51
Meeting Shannon0:02:33
Shannon's experience with getting diagnosed and prognosis for Fibromyalgia0:03:37
Medical emergency that led to onset of fibromyalgia0:05:57
We explore the year leading to the onset of the illness0:09:03
Shannon talks about her experience with depression pre illness0:10:52
Shannon discusses her early emotional experience with Fibromyalgia0:13:15
Shannon talks about being bedbound and the idea of 'pushing' through to recovery0:16:09
Shannon tells of positive strategies that helped but didn't lead to recovery0:17:25
Shannon's symptoms and experience of Fibromyalgia & when she thought she may not survive0:19:02
How Shannon's family and friends reacted to her illness0:22:58
Illness frustration and onset of POTS and illness worsening & connection to PTSD0:24:03
How ANS REWIRE supported her when he condition suddenly worsened 0:29:41
Dan talks about dark times in Fibromyalgia, CFS and POTS0:31:37
Shannon talks about how she used brain-training strategies for anxiety0:32:59
Shannon talks about how her CFS Fibro POTS recovery evolved with ANS REWIRE0:35:27
We talk about belief in whether we can recover and the video diary that Shannon shares0:37:37
Dan and Shannon talk about the lessons of ANS REWIRE on how Shannon applied them0:40:17
Shannon talks about what allowed her to persist to recover0:45:05
We discuss the experience of brain fog and how Shannon re-engaged mentally as she recovered0:47:14
What Shannon thinks is the most important thing for CFS/POTS/Fibromyalgia Recovery0:50:11
Dan talks about the importance of tailoring our approach for recovery0:50:55
Shannon's life after recovering from Fibromyalgia CFS & POTS0:52:17

Shannon's Video Journals

Video 1: Jan 2018 - Hopeful                             
Video 2: Feb 2018 - "Believe It"                       
Video 3: Apr 2018 - "Terrified" but "Positive"?
Video 4: Nov 2018 - "Grateful" & "Hopeful"
Video 5: Jan 2019 - "Recovering Quicker"
Video 5b: Feb 2019 - History of Journey So Far (longer video)
Video 6: March 2019 - "Excited" & "Changing"
Video 7: July 2019 - "Life is filled with other things" & "Unheard of"
Video 8: May 2020 - "95-98% healed" & "breakthrough to next level"  
Video 9: Aug 22 Update - "100% recovered" & "like a normal person"


Here is a link to the ANS REWIRE program.  


For a full transcript, check out the listing in the recovery stories section here.

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To learn how other people recover, listen to the recovery interviews!

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If you would like to learn more about the ANS REWIRE program, check out the 4 free intro lessons or visit the ANS REWIRE website.

Check out some other recent episodes

Episode 4: Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, world leading MECFS Fibromyalgia POTS physician, shares his research and experience
Episode 13: Snippet – Should you change program, coach or practitioner to help you recover from CFS/Fibromyalgia/POTS/MCS?
Episode 1: How to cope and deal with the injustice of invisible illness including chronic illness like Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, POTS and MCS
Episode 16: Fibromyalgia Remission Story with Rachel

You can see the full list of episodes HERE.

Check out some other recovery stories:

Colin’s recovery from long-term ME/CFS & MCS using the ANS REWIRE program
My Story – Dan Neuffer’s ME/CFS Fibromyalgia POTS Recovery Story
Recovery From ME/CFS using Mind/Body Approach Gupta Programme
Rapid onset CFS/Fibromyalgia sufferer makes full recovery and shares her shocking journey
Beth recovers from Fibromyalgia with the help of emotional healing
Liz Dyde’s Mind-Body Connection in Fibromyalgia
7 Years of MECFS Fibromyalgia POTS End In Bumpy 2½ Year Journey
Rachel’s finally experiences a robust Fibromyalgia recovery
Lynn shares her thoughts on how to overcome fibromyalgia and get your life back

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Laura Heieie

Thank you so very much Shannon! I too have been doing the ANSrewire program and it has been an interesting journey. Unfortunately, I developed severe POTS after an emotional shock. POTS has now become my number one symptom. Yesterday, I felt very depressed about this happening to me when I had been working the program for about a year. You have given me a lot of hope today. With the help of some mineral rebalancing and faith in the ANSrewire program I will succeed.

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