2013-1124 FatigueSurvivors of adversity sometimes experience depression, reduced ability to process information, poor memory, and/or an overwhelming fatigue. I realize the list does not include every symptom experienced by every survivor nor does it account for every type or degree of adversity. Since it is not possible to address all, or even the majority, of effects in one short post, I chose to focus on “fatigue” in this post.

According to, there are “numerous causes of fatigue symptoms. Examples of some treatable causes of fatigue include anemia, diabetes, thyroid disease,¬†heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and sleep¬† disorders.” Dr. Charles P. Davis adds in his article The Many Causes of Fatigue that “Fatigue is mainly a symptom and not a disease in itself. The key is for the doctor, with the patient’s help, to discover the underlying cause of fatigue. The patient’s input is important because accurate answers to the doctor’s questions may lead the doctor toward a diagnosis or, at least, may suggest what medical tests may help provide a diagnosis.”

The following video was viewed more than 54 million times. Until today, I had not heard of, or seen, the video. In the short video, we see a cat (whose name I don’t know) trying to wake it’s owner (Simon). I have absolutely no reason to suspect the Simon in the video, or the real Simon, has experienced any type of adversity. I simply thought the video was perfect for post about fatigue and I hope you feel the same way.

What Do You Think?

  • What motivates you to get out of bed and begin the day?
  • What is your plan for today?
  • What is your plan for tomorrow?
  • What was your plan for yesterday?
  • How do you record what you have completed and what you are planning to do?
  • How do you measure success for each item on your to-do list?


Thanks to Simon Tofield for creating the video, Flixxy for introducing me to the video, YouTube for allowing me to share the video, and all the people who directly or indirectly made it possible for me to include the picture, text, and video I used in this post.

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