After being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome 30 years ago, retired Perth priest Fr Ted Miller struggled for years to overcome the condition. This year, he struck gold, the eRecord reports.
Fr Ted won gold medals for the 60 and 100 metre sprints in the 70 years and older category at the WA Masters Athletics State Championships in February, recording a faster time in the 100m event than some competitors up to 30 years his junior, in the 45 years and older category.
The chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosis, which led to the development of multiple allergies preventing the absorption of nutrients and resulted in malnutrition, left Fr Ted "like a dying old man". He said he automatically accepted it as God’s will and tried to do the best in the situation.
After re-establishing a reasonable level of minerals and vitamins, the doctor started him on a gentle exercise program.
“He prescribed walking out to my front letter box once a day but I could not do it,” Fr Ted said. “The slightest exertion, even to talk or eat, required two hours rest for recovery. Social events, even family weddings and going to church was impossible, with incense being particularly traumatic,” he said.
However after remaining focused on recovery with a strict diet and exercise regimen, Fr Ted said things started to get better.
After reaching the stage of extended walking, Fr Ted said he was suddenly struck with an idea.
“I was on an oval one day and the thought came to me: ‘Wouldn’t it be great to do what you thought you would never do again; skip and run’.”
Gradually over five years he built up his strength and stamina to join the Master’s Athletics with Athletics Western Australia.
After winning his gold medals, Fr Ted said it is only through God that this became possible.
“I want to pay tribute to God’s healing power. I can only talk about this success in the context of giving glory to God for healing.”