Yesterday was my five year anniversary of having ME/CFS. As almost every patient says on their anniversary: that happened fast! At the same time, sometimes it almost feels like it is hard to remember a time when I didn't have to manage this illness.
I'm basically at the same place I was last year at the 4 year mark: I have improved somewhat, stabilized really, since first getting ME/CFS, but any hope of recovering based on current treatment options is mostly gone. If it was going to happen, it would have happened already. So the treatments I'm trying these days are more geared toward managing the illness and hopefully preventing it from getting worse -- a main focus here is preventing the gradual buildup of toxins and oxidation in a body whose detoxification mechanism is broken. My doctor believes this kind of build-up can hit a critical mass and cause irreversible crashes.
I continue to be hopeful that medical advances will lead to significantly better treatments and possibly even a cure in my lifetime.