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Belinda’s story:

Fatigue, ugh, my constant companion! Fatigue and I have known each other for a long time and I finally have it under control!! It took lots of time to be able to live with my fatigue but I have found a way that works for me.

First and foremost, I had to get to know what triggered my worst fatigue. This happened after lots of trial and error and thinking hard about what made my fatigue worse on certain days. Different triggers or multiple triggers on one day were the problem.

How did I figure this out? At night when I couldn’t sleep, I would mentally go back through my day and figure out what was different from the day before when I had less fatigue and could fall asleep better.

My triggers include exercising too late in the day, doing too much housework at one time, going on too many errands in one day, stress from family situations, side effects from some of my medications and poor sleep habits.