My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS


Non-Fiction - Self Help
170 Pages
Reviewed on 03/11/2014
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Author Biography

Author of several self-help books, Rebecca Richmond enjoyed a highly successful career within global organisations, later going on to become a qualified coach. Having triumphed over adversity and cancer, as a master practitioner of NLP, hypnosis and Time Line Therapy,™ she is ideally equipped to help people achieve the wellness they deserve.

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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

There is hope for winning the battle against Fibromyalgia/CFS. Rebecca Richmond has developed a 'go to' reference for helping those suffering from either or both of these debilitating syndromes in My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS. As Rebecca lays out the causes and symptoms of both syndromes, one begins to wonder if there is any way to survive so much pain. Her personal story shows how the syndrome slowly continued to diminish not only her physical capabilities, but also her hope. And then she turned a corner. This book is about the programs and activities that she undertook in order to get a handle on her condition and turn her life around. Within its pages are programs and therapies that begin with strengthening one’s resolve to beat this condition. She then lays out diet, exercise, and psychological control of one’s emotions and stress, including maintaining a high sense of self-esteem.

My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS begins with the tragic story of Rebecca Richmond’s weakening by the pain and psychologically draining onset of Fibromyalgia/CFS, but it ends as a story of victory. Rebecca lays out the battle plan in clear and concise language that is easy to understand and easy to follow. Helping to fix one’s attitude in a positive determination to beat this condition is a major part of the program that Rebecca has laid out and she has done an excellent job of instilling that confidence and determination in the pages of this book. Each step in her battle is clearly illustrated by her own personal experience and lends a high degree of credibility and a point of critical reference to the reader. Knowledgeable, practical and encouraging, My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS is a critical guide for those who are suffering from either one or both of these syndromes and a battle plan to overcome them.

Mary DeKok Blowers

My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS, by Rebecca Richmond, is an interesting look at an often misunderstood pair of afflictions: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Doctors sometimes don’t know what to do with these patients because there is no clear cause or treatment for them. Thus, we end up doctoring ourselves. There is a lot we can do if we have symptoms of these ailments and many of the symptoms, according to Rebecca Richmond, are stress-related. She had fibromyalgia herself and so completely understands others who suffer from it, but unlike many such patients, she takes a positive, proactive attitude which has all but halted these symptoms.

Since stress is thought to be one of the main factors in contracting either of these two related conditions, stress relievers are a majority of the help presented in this book. Everyone has some control over circumstances in their own life, through choices they make, and so one tip is to remove as much stress as possible. While that is easier said than done, if you think about a flat tire as being the end of the world, you are likely to feel worse than if you just fix it or call for help and deal with it. Beyond that, many meditation scripts are provided that can help with relaxation and sleep, and acceptance, and attitude shifts. Exercise and sleep are important factors in maximizing your health, no matter what conditions you may have, and these areas are covered as well. While someone with Fibromyalgia may not be able to run marathons, it’s important to do what you can consistently, even if it’s just walking five minutes a day, or three times a day, increasing it gradually to a more ambitious level. My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS, by Rebecca Richmond, will help you to get healthier if you suffer from these conditions. I really enjoyed this book and there are some good tips I will be trying.

Faridah Nassozi

My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS by Rebecca Richmond is a self help book with an in-depth look at Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), causes and symptoms and how we can manage these illnesses. The book explains how we can train and control our subconscious mind and, by so doing, control the symptoms of these complex and very painful conditions. This can be achieved through several techniques including exercising positive thinking, managing our perception of situations, meditation, and hypnosis. The book also discusses other techniques that can be used to control the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome like physical exercises, eating the right diet, getting enough peaceful sleep, and having a positive attitude and positive beliefs among others. She explains how each of these techniques can be used to achieve a better, healthier life while living with Fibromyalgia.

My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS by Rebecca Richmond is a practical book with easy to follow techniques and advice from someone who has been through the same struggle and come out on top. The book is aimed at ensuring that people living with Fibromyalgia or CFS can manage the symptoms and enjoy their lives. Reading the book enables you to develop a deeper understanding of your body and mind, allowing you to live a more fulfilled life. By narrating her personal struggle, and taking us through her painful battle against Fibromyalgia and how she managed to overcome the condition, the author shows us that the journey is tough but not impossible; she did it and so can you. By the end of the book, you will see that having Fibromyalgia does not mean the end of your life.

Mary DeKok Blowers

My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS, by Rebecca Richmond, is an interesting look at an often misunderstood pair of afflictions: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Doctors sometimes don’t know what to do with these patients because there is no clear cause or treatment for them. Thus, we end up doctoring ourselves. There is a lot we can do if we have symptoms of these ailments and many of the symptoms, according to Richmond, are stress-related. She had fibromyalgia herself and so completely understands others who suffer from it, but unlike many such patients, she takes a positive, proactive attitude which has all but halted these symptoms.

Since stress is thought to be one of the main factors in contracting either of these two related conditions, stress relievers are a majority of the help presented in this book. Everyone has some control over circumstances in their own life, through choices they make, and so one tip is to remove as much stress as possible. While that is easier said than done, if you think about a flat tire as being the end of the world, you are likely to feel worse than if you just fix it or call for help and deal with it. Beyond that, many meditation scripts are provided that can help with relaxation and sleep, and acceptance, and attitude shifts. Exercise and sleep are important factors in maximizing your health, no matter what conditions you may have, and these areas are covered as well. While someone with Fibromyalgia may not be able to run marathons, it’s important to do what you can consistently, even if it’s just walking five minutes a day, or three times a day, increasing it gradually to a more ambitious level. My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS, by Rebecca Richmond, will help you to get healthier if you suffer from these conditions.

Michelle Randall

Even if you don't have Fibromyalgia, this book is great for anyone who has to deal with any type of pain. Author Rebecca Richmond tells her own history with Fibromyalgia, after which she goes on to give advice that helped her to deal with her pain. Looking into this method, it is apparent that it could be used for a number of other applications. My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS is a great self-help style book that can be used for a variety of reasons, not just the condition in the title.

My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS is a well-written book divided into three sections. The first section is broken down into the story of the author's life, how Rebecca Richmond spiralled down and finally was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and how it affected her life. The second section tells you about the methods she learned to help her deal with the chronic pain and to live a good life. The third section teaches you how to do this technique and apply it to your own life. Because there are a number of other conditions that also cause pain, this is a great book for any person who has to deal with any kind of pain. Also ideal for a spouse or partner, or someone dealing with chronic pain. Anyone can get something out of this book, so why not give it a try.

Barbara Garcia

My Guide: Manage Fibromyalgia/CFS by Rebecca Richmond takes sufferers of this debilitating condition on a journey of what her life was like before her diagnosis, and the bold steps she took to overcome it. She talks about the difficulty in diagnosing this condition, then details the symptoms, possible triggers, and effects each one has. She also shows in detail how a balanced diet and exercise primed her body for self-healing, and simple meditation techniques and self-hypnosis got her in the right state of mind to allow self-healing to take place. The importance of a balanced mind and body are stressed here, as it's only then that your body can function as it was designed to do. The techniques are not only for this condition, but for just about any that can befall you. It's with these practices that the author shows she was able to almost completely eliminate her pain and get back to enjoying life.

My Guide: Fibromyalgia/CFS by Rebecca Richmond is full of solid, practical advice. And while you can find most of it widely available on the web, she has assembled it here in one book so it's easily accessible. I recently found out that someone I'm vaguely familiar with was diagnosed with this condition. Not really knowing what it was, I was really enlightened by this information. This book isn't just for one diagnosed with it, though, but also for friends and loved ones. This book will explain to you just how much someone close to you is suffering, and what you can do to help. I recommend this book to anyone that would like to know more about this condition, and possible ways to overcome it through natural methods.