I read it that her mother has improved considerably, compared to her worst years, but still has ME.
I agree. And I think the piece has loads of good info, particularly as an intro for people who are not familiar at all with ME.
And yes, it sounds like the mom just has to be cautious. ("I can’t deny that the transformation is astounding. Save the odd crash, I’ve got my mum back and it’s amazing. Girly days out are a joy and our lives no longer feel like they’re on hold.") She is not 'cured' but-- 'the transformation is astounding.'
I was reading this from my own daughter's perspective. Or perhaps other friends/family members. This mom found some kind of practitioner outside of traditional (and functional) medicine who advised her on diet and supplementation. Slowly but surely, she improved. And now 'our lives no longer feel like they are on hold.' I can hear the thoughts in my daughter's head, though: why haven't YOU gotten better, Mom? Are you not eating right? Are you not doing what you need to do to get better? It IS possible, so why are you still sick?
This is still a valuable narrative. And we probably all benefit in some ways from encountering stories of healing and moving on from the dominant sway ME holds over most of our lives. It does happen, and it is important to hold out the possibility that: it could happen for me.
In addition to appreciating the value of the article, I was simply commenting on the very human predilection for stories of hope. We are not much drawn to either hopelessness or unrewarded striving so such stories are not as attractive to publish as this one, which has a 'happy ending.'
Many of us here are striving valiantly--have done for years and years-- and yet have not achieved our longed-for goals of health.