-“I’m not ‘addicted’ to my smartphone. I depend on it to survive,” Los Angeles Times, April, 2017

-“I didn’t want a child until I got a chronic illness. Now I might never be able to have one,” Washington Post, July, 2017

-“Dear anti-Trump protesters,” Vox, February, 2017.

– “Life Without Sex,” Men’s Journal, November, 2016.

– “I was a Weight Lifter, and Then I got Mono,” Tonic by VICE, May, 2017.

– “I’m a disabled person, and Siri changed my life. Then I lost the ability to speak,” Mic, June, 2017.

– “The Day I Killed Someone,” The Bold Italic, April, 2017.

– “Meeting my Mugger,” The Bold Italic, July, 2017. 

– “My Chronic Illness Will Bankrupt Me If Obamacare is Repealed,” Bustle, February, 2017.

– “Research on chronic illness good for patients and the environment,” The Oregonian, December, 2016.

– “A psychosomatic diagnosis is a doctor’s way of saying, ‘I don’t have a clue,'” Quartz, January, 2017.


Bustle, April, 2017.

TalkPoverty, March, 2017.

The Good Men Project, March, 2017.

The Mighty, January, 2017.

The Motley Fool, November, 2013.

Elite Daily, January, 2014.

– Author of The Optimal Balance Plan: Transform Your Body, Find Sustainable Fitness, Improve Your Life


Formerly a Christmas tree salesman and supervisor at a children’s clothing store, Jamison has also had a short-lived career as an underwear model. He then moved on to group fitness instructing, and even through illness. he maintained a personal training certification (since 2009). After receiving a business degree from Sonoma State University, Jamison devoted most of his work to writing. He has written for, among others, The Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Quartz, Vox, Mic, and VICE. He is now an activist for ME/CFS, a debilitating disease inflicting millions of people worldwide. Jamison is featured in Forgotten Plague, a full-length documentary about the disease. It’s anybody’s guess where Jamison lives, probably somewhere in Northern California.

Jamison’s Story

In late 2010, during a three-hour workout, Jamison hit a wall unlike any he had ever encountered. Until then, Jamison had been developing an addiction to exercise, which like most addicts, he didn’t think was an issue. What started as a healthy endeavor eventually became a daily routine, and then, an unavoidable obsession. Leading to the peak of his addiction, Jamison spent more than five-hours exercising each day. Annually, he spent more than 1,500 hours in the gym doing thousands of squats, hundreds of curls and countless presses. By the age of 22, Jamison had spent more than 12,000 hours of his life in the gym.

As it turned out, his obsession with exercise was about much more than a narcissistic quest to look attractive and compete as a bodybuilder. At 21, Jamison became certified as a personal trainer –working with clients and teaching group fitness classes. As much as he enjoyed the rush of deadlifting 400-pounds, or bench pressing twice his body weight, Jamison got an equal high from crawling through the fitness trenches with his clients. By 2010, Jamison had created a blossoming life for himself.

Then he got sick.

At the pinnacle of his life as a personal trainer, bodybuilder, exercise junky, and college student, Jamison suddenly became ill. Chronically ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and a constant urge to exercise, Jamison refused to fall into the depths of lethargy, depression, and a sedentary lifestyle while battling the passive aggressive illness.

Still, as it turned out, Jamison’s illness was much worse than anyone including himself expected.

Once a thriving bodybuilder and personal trainer who could lift more than 400 pounds, by age 28 he became bedridden and couldn’t even lift a tube of Chapstick. For months he teetered on the brink of death unable to speak, eat solid food, or elevate his body.

This site is dedicated to Jamison’s journey to regain his health and help others realize the seriousness of his disease and the devastation it causes.

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  1. Jamison,

    I have a question: Do you know why you became addicted to exercise? If it’s more than you can answer in a reply, perhaps it might be worth writing an article about…


  2. I can’t say that I know everything you’re going through but I can relate to it on some level. I’ve never had a “normal” life. Grew up in a hospital due to MD. And now I have that and MS. It doesn’t get easier but you take it in strides. Chin up. What helps me is the constant reminder that even though my health is on the frits, there are people that aren’t as lucky as me.

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      1. When that doesn’t help, some ice cream and a comedy works too. Sometimes a pity party is necessary. Just don’t let the party take over you. Nothing good happens when you party too much. No matter what type of party it is.

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  3. Thanks for your articulate and thought provoking post. I have ME too and am also a psychotherapist. I find any emotional stress exhausting and have found this difficult to unspderstand as I think I process my emotions healthily but my body was trying to tell me otherwise. Your theory makes perfect sense of this, it’s not my failure at dealing with ‘stuff’, it’s my body’s inability to cope with the chemical changes that come about as a result of things like stress

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  4. Of course, no worries! Remember that you are a light that contributes to the collective in a massive way. Please know that there are those of us that really see that, and appreciate the awareness you provide. It’s in great need!

    Much luv brother,


  5. Hey Jamison!
    Really appreciate your story and thanks for sharing it with us!! I wanted to send some things off your wishlist–but it’s no updated to have it shipped to an addy of your choosing!. You have to link a shipping address with it. Please let me know how you want to proceed. Much joy!
    Ps…I came across your page from giving tuesday from your writing friend 😀

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  6. Purely by chance I came across an article about the Gulf War Syndrome and was shocked to see that the symptoms of ME/CFS are virtually the same. I also read that this has not been overlooked. Maybe there is a link.


  7. Greeting fellow ME/CFS sufferer. Happy we found each other. Although our paths have been very different, it seems we’ve ended up in the same place. Writing has been my lifeline – looks like the same is true for you. Will be following.

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  8. I said “wow” aloud at the end of your story, it’s pretty incredible. I’m happy you’ve found my blog because now I have found yours. I look forward to reading your posts, you truly have an interesting adventure to write about!

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