ME/CFS: Anna's journey to recovery

Dr. Martina Melzer, published: 11/29/2023


Anna first became ill as a baby and toddler. At the age of 11, she had the flu and was given antibiotics for a sinus infection. This is when the first symptoms so typical of ME/CFS begin, such as weakness, fatigue, digestive problems and headaches. Anna begins to experience ups and downs. Sometimes she feels better, then she does more, then she feels worse again. At her worst times, she is confined to a wheelchair. In 2021, she is diagnosed with ME/CFS. Initially a shock for the now 14-year-old. But she doesn't let it get her down.

In the audio interview, Anna talks openly and in detail about what ultimately helped her to make a full recovery. The interview is in German, but you can activate the subtitle on YouTube and then choose your language. Or you can use the transcript on YT.


Important points about recovery from the interview:

  • Mindset: Anna is an incredibly positive person. After the diagnosis, she says to herself: "I can do this, I'm going to get well". Even though her entire recovery journey is up and down and she really tries out lots of different things, she retains this belief in recovery - alongside mental dips, of course. Things like vision boards and visualizations also help her later on. Visualizations become an important building block for her.


  • Lifestyle: She focuses a lot on nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, mindfulness, relaxation, how to harmonize body, mind and soul.


  • Blood sugar regulation: A major issue for her is stabilizing her blood sugar. With the help of a doctor, she manages to curb the strong fluctuations that also lead to the severe energy crashes.


  • Baseline: To get out of the ups and downs, she explores her personal baseline, finds her daily limit, stabilizes her condition and now carefully extends her limit.


  • Other adjustments: Among other things, kinesiology, intestinal build-up, balancing iodine deficiency and other deficits, careful exercise, yoga, psychotherapy, health routines, nervous system regulation, supporting the lymphatic system through dry brushing, gua sha, lymphatic drainage and trampolining, neuro-athletic training. Anna says: "My list of things that have helped me is as long as my symptoms."

Resources mentioned (all in German):

Marla Menn:

Chronisch Ehrlich:

Podcast episode on brain training:

What didn't help her, for example: Wimhof techniques, hypoxia training

She tried the Gupta program, but didn't find it suitable for her.

Anna's message: "Don't give up, keep going, it's worth it!" Anna says she can now live more freely again and has seen a lot of progress.

How to find Anna:

"Blooming Health" podcast:


Translated with the help of a translator program


Important: The content on this page is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for talking to your doctor or other therapist. Please talk to your doctor or therapist before making any decisions about your physical or mental health. Every way into a mind-body syndrome is something individual, and every way out.