9. ME/CFS with Kris

God is a co-sufferer with us

Robyn and Stephanie are joined by Kris and talk about myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS, sometimes CFS/ME). Kris shares her journey from athlete to diagnosis and we talk about Church responses to chronic illness, Long Covid, and theology.

Kris Rudin is a former software engineer and avid bicycle racer whose life changed completely at age 47 when she developed a “mystery illness”. Thirteen years after becoming ill, she was diagnosed with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome). Despite being treated by experts in the field, her condition continued to deteriorate, and she is now mostly confined to her bed. She lives with her husband of 30 years, who is her primary caregiver. She loves books, opera, Star Trek, and all things sci-fi/fantasy. Her animal alter ego used to be Tigger, but now it’s a sloth!

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Bishop Steven Charleston
Richard Rohr
Christianity without the Insanity (Facebook Group)
(no link) Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian 


#MEAction’s ‘What is ME?” page
Understanding ME/CFS and Long COVID as Post-Viral Conditions

My theology is changing from a view of God is there to end your personal suffering to God is there to be with you while you suffer.

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