“Something’s wrong with me. I feel like I’m dying a slow death.” These were the exact words I shared with my mother one Sunday afternoon as I sat on the kitchen floor crying, too weak to stand to make a cup of tea. I knew it was bad when I began struggling to get up in the mornings for work. Once there, things only got worse as I found myself sitting in a fog unable to clearly think or remember the simplest things. I thought I was suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s, as this was not normal.
By the end of the day, I was so tired that dinner for my kids often consisted of drive through fast food. Cooking was impossible. My house was dirty with clothes either unwashed or sitting in baskets wrinkled because I didn’t have any energy to do laundry anymore. I spent my evenings and weekends lying on the sofa crying from the pain, fatigue, and brain fog. I felt completely helpless and I knew my kids were suffering. At this point, I could barely take care of myself and was having a difficult time taking care of my children.
My son soon began getting into trouble at school and was angry with me all the time. He couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t do things with him and began to think I was rejecting him and didn’t love him. I knew something had to change.
I had been to a half dozen doctors, all diagnosing me with arthritis and later with depression. It clearly wasn’t! They just didn’t know what it was and I was getting more desperate as my life slowly crumbled before me.
One day I decided to do some research myself and began looking online for answers. What I found was what I call now – a miracle. I happened to stumble across chronic fatigue syndrome and Dr. Aldino Pierotti and called immediately. Shortly thereafter, I visited his Pittsburgh office where Dr. Pierotti, not only listened to me, but was able to provide me with information and answers. I began treatment immediately and today I am no longer in pain. I don’t spend my weekends crying on the sofa anymore, but instead I am able to spend time with my family and friends doing the things I used to do. I have my energy back and most importantly my family. Dr. Pierotti literally gave me back my life.