Classic Pacing for a Better Life with ME

Classic Pacing for a Better Life with ME

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Classic Pacing for a Better Life with ME is a self-help book which explains pacing and how it can be applied to daily life. Although aimed at patients, the book can also be of interest to professionals. Pacing is a coping strategy used in illnesses that cause low energy levels. It consists of splitting activities into small chunks so that symptoms are not worsened, as well as alternating activity and rest to maintain energy levels throughout the day. Pacing can be done in a variety of ways, and there are several different tools which can be of help. Classic Pacing for a Better Life with ME presents a full range of strategies to enable the reader to find the ones that suit their situation. It covers all degrees of illness severity and there is a special chapter on how to pace education, making the book useful to young readers. The first part of the book covers basic pacing, and is well suited to beginners, whereas the second part covers advanced pacing, which is relevant to patients who have been ill for a long time and have tried many ways to improve their situation. The third part of the book consists of chapters on different themes, such as how to pace social activities and big events.

Great care has been taken to ensure that the book is as easy to read as possible. All the chapters begin with a summary. This means that even people who can only read very small amounts of text can still benefit from the book. In addition, all the basics are covered in Chapter One, which means that the reader can get going straight away without having to read the entire book first. Each chapter can be read on its own like an article. The detailed table of contents makes it easy to find the sections that are most relevant to the reader's needs. The language of the book is reader friendly with everyday words and short sentences. Although the book is geared particularly towards people with ME, much of the content is general enough to also be relevant to people with other illnesses that cause low levels of energy.
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Product details

  • Spiral bound | 338 pages
  • 210 x 297 x 32mm | 884g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 Colour Insertions
  • 1999641809
  • 9781999641801
  • 23,886


Ingebjorg Midsem Dahl was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1979, and still lives there. She came down with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in 1983, and began taking an interest in coping and management in her pre-teens. There was no access to medical treatment for ME at the time, so coping and management became an important source of hope. Pacing was the method which turned out to give the most control over the illness, and Ingebjorg therefore began taking a particular interest in this. She wrote her first article on the subject at the age of 18. The article went on to be published in five countries. She has continued to contribute to the magazines of patient organisations, mainly in Norway, Denmark and Great Britain. When Ingebjorg's health began deteriorating drastically in her late teens, she was forced to give up her university studies in linguistics, and instead focus on getting the illness under control. She began experimenting to develop the concept of pacing further. During this process, Ingebjorg managed to pinpoint which aspects of pacing enhance the chances of improvement, and from this was able to deduce how pacing can be carried out in order to get maximum benefit. By applying these ideas to her own situation, she was able to turn the worst relapse she has ever had into her longest period of gradual improvement, more than a decade and a half. When Ingebjorg's health had improved sufficiently, she began dictating a series of articles about pacing to help other patients. Over the years, the series evolved into a book, which was published in Norway in late 2015. This book has now been translated into English. Ingebjorg takes a particular interest in how coping and management techniques can be used to lead a rich and fulfilling life, despite limitations. Thanks to these techniques she has been able to pursue her other interests of languages, literature, writing, history, early music, natural sciences and different types of crafts.
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