EFT Tapping Helps CFS Sufferer Trek Mt. Everest
Dear EFT Community,
In this moving story, EFT and Matrix Reimprinting practitioner Lise Wearing tells how EFT and other modalities helped her recover from debilitating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) so completely that she ran the Boston Marathon at the age of 61 and trekked to the Mt. Everest Base Camp at the age of 62.
By Lise Wearing
Back in 1998, on the threshold of my 50s, my body-mind had reached the tipping point. Its inner voice was loud and clear:
“You cannot treat me like this anymore. I quit.”
And quit it did, in the most dramatic way!
A few months later, I could only be awake for a few hours a day. On a typical weekday, I got out of bed, helped get my son ready for school, and walked him over there—just a few short blocks. I walked back, feeling dizzy and weak. Then I slept until it was time to pick him up. Barely able to make dinner, I managed to put a smile on my face and eat with my family. Then I slept on the sofa through the evening and crawled into bed to sleep through the night.
My symptoms included dizziness, night blindness, digestive problems, back pain, cognitive and memory problems, and hypersensitivity to noise and light. I was desperate to get a diagnosis.
Thankfully, my doctor knew that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) was not an imaginary condition and he said that is what I had. He told me that most people recover within 3 years, but some people never do.
With all the courage I could gather, I began my long healing journey as if on a pilgrimage of hope.
I kept track of my progress every day with a scale of 1 to 10, measuring my energy and mood, and graphed this data on a monthly basis. Healing was my new job and I went at it with passion. I changed my diet, eliminating what did not contribute to my health, and for many months I ate just about only brown rice and vegetables.
I also went for a fast at True North Health Center in California in the summer of 1999. By the fall, I was making slow progress. I learned to meditate. I did yoga; I would roll out my mat and do shavasana (the corpse pose) and call that enough. I would do gentle stretches. I had an easel set up and occasionally made a mark with a paintbrush and called that art.
I learned to appreciate myself enough to do things that were easy to do and that would make me happy. Yet, in the back of my mind, lingered the question “What if it comes back?” When I exerted myself much, I felt dizzy and would need to sleep and rest sometimes for days at a time.
By 2002, I felt well enough to go back to school part time; I became a holistic nutritionist.
By then, I realized that I had given my body what it needed to be well, but I had not really addressed the underlying emotional issues related to the condition. So I got into therapy to explore anger and control issues I’d had for years.
With my therapist, Dr. Alexander Lees, I discovered EFT, which was like the mother lode in a gold mine! Using the Personal Peace Procedure, I listed all the hurts I could remember from my past, starting with my mother’s favorite refrain, which was “What did we do to God to have a child like you?” On that list I also put the painful fact that my father had ignored me for years, while giving his attention to my many brothers.
Scanning through my past to complete the inventory of painful moments, I recalled a tragic event:
When I was 17-years-old, while working as a lifeguard, a young child died in my arms despite all my efforts to save him. Then, at 21, I married a man I knew deep down did not even like me, but I did not listen to the warning signs; this turned into a disastrous marriage.
Working with that long list of painful events, it was clear to me that I had started to be angry very young about everything I perceived as so utterly unfair. It felt as though layers of anger had been building up coats upon coats of stiffening heavy varnish.
No wonder my subconscious mind had figured that being sick was the only way to get positive attention from me, the authentic me that had been covered and muffled below all that varnish. I sat on my couch, day after day, tapping away and crossing out miserable event after miserable event until I could find nothing left to tap about.
With the realization that EFT had been a big part in my emotional and overall recovery, I trained to become a certified EFT practitioner.
Now I was on a mission to help others through the wondrous EFT alchemy of shifting negative emotions into a golden state of poise, self-appreciation, and acceptance. And with training from the amazing Annabel Fisher, I also became an AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques) certified practitioner and a Matrix Reimprinting practitioner with Sharon King.
Given that I felt I had more energy and despite my doubts, I decided to get into a structured running program. I still recall going to buy my first pair of serious runners and being asked how long I was running for and answering, “One minute.” But with incremental and diligent training and with the help of good chiropractic treatments from Dr. Vipond, I was able to join the 49,000 people who ran the popular 10k Vancouver Sun Run.
Fueled with even more stamina and ambitious running ideas, I continued to train.
In 2006, I ran my first marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation of Canada in support of my friend Johanna who was battling lymphoma. By 2009, with three marathons to my credit, and much more rigorous training, I qualified to run a big one: the Boston Marathon.
Emboldened by that accomplishment, I started to think about Everest.
In 2010, I trekked to Everest Base Camp and Mount Kala Patar to 5,628 meters.
Then, in October of this year, I went back to Nepal, my heart filled to the brim by donations totalling 50 articles of warm children’s clothing I had been given to take with me.
This time I trekked to Annapurna Base Camp, with my 23-year-old son and the wonderful husband I married, as a second marriage, 34 years ago.
Thanks to EFT and other effective modalities, I have healed and I can now declare with deep conviction that I am happy, healthy, and strong.
I now understand how my mind works and that, at any time, I have the power to change how I feel by changing how I think and by tapping. Whenever the belligerent sorry-self from the past shows up, I recognize it early, and gently and compassionately invite it to leave my mind. And if needed, a few rounds of tapping will send it merrily on its way.
Now at 66-years-old, I feel so blessed by my pilgrimage into vibrant health and I am devoted to helping others with their own transformation and recovery. And to keep my good momentum going after Annapurna, I’ve decided to run a 10k race in 2 weeks to celebrate the end of this wonderful year.
Looking back at the past 15 years, I can see that chronic fatigue was the catalyst for my profound transformative journey. More than this, in the process of changing my mind and my life and recovering my energy, I have been able to thrive and to live so much more fully than I ever dreamed of.