Jessica’s Story – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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I know people have thanked you for rescuing them but I would like to take a moment to tell you what I was rescued from.
 
Until about three years ago my life was a pleasure cruise. Great family, great friends, everything was great. Suddenly I fell overboard. No one noticed because I didn’t yell or scream; I was too embarrassed. I finally called out to doctors, only to receive leaky lifeboats and lead-weight life preservers. As I sank further under the water, I could see the party going on above me. People were waving at me, telling me to swim faster, try harder, and hold my breath. I began to understand why some people decide to breathe in the water, to make the decision to drown. I was so tired; I just couldn’t swim one more minute.
 
Imagine being so very tired that you just want to give up and drown to have yet another doctor diagnose you with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and tell you to take anti-depressants and get more exercise! I have five children under the age of six; I don’t need to tell you how much exercise I get every day!
 
That diagnosis came at the end of a long stressful week and I just fell apart. I called my mother-in-law in Katy and she told me about the Hotze Health and Wellness Center.   When I spoke with the new guest coordinator, she threw me a real life preserver, and told me to hold on – that help was coming.
 
When I walked into the office, the smiling, genuinely concerned faces I saw was like looking up to see the Coast Guard coming to rescue me! Me of all people! I was worthy! I was important! Somebody stopped the boat just to rescue me. They didn’t think I should keep trying to swim. Not only did Sheri Gruener, Dr. Phillips and the support staff rescue me, they dove in after me, carried me back to the ship, dried me, gave me fresh clothes and put me back in the middle of the party.
 
Everyone knows a Coast Guardsman by his uniform. My rescuers wore nicely tailored black suits. Just like you know the man in a uniform is a highly trained professional, the office atmosphere, décor and the uniforms, let me know that I was in good hands.
 
I don’t know how much longer I could have held on. With no hope of rescue, no sign of land anywhere, I was tempted to give up. I can hardly believe that I have changed so much in one short month. The combination of medication, supplements, and a staff that cares has given me real hope. And that is enough to put me back into my life, my party. Thank you for all you do and all the effort you put into expanding your knowledge. It has really made a difference in my life.
 
My husband Chris, and our children, Justin, Micah, Desi, Renee, and Rebekah would like to thank you as well. Despite what I believed while under water, I realize now my family and friends really did care and missed me, they just didn’t know how to help.
 
With sincerest love and gratitude,
 
Jessica- A renewed wife, mother, daughter and friend!

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