Coping with a significant change in life, like chronic illness, requires that a person come to terms with his/her situation, focus on what s/he can still do and make sensible changes, such as:

More resources 

10 Rules for Those Who Love ME/CFS and FM Patients

A View from Outside: How to Help a Person with ME/CFS

Book review of Full Catastrophe Living—Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D.

Book review of How to be Sick: A Buddhist-inspired Guide

Coping articles—A selection

Dr. Lapp's Stepwise Approach to Managing FM and ME/CFS

Emergency Preparedness Plans for ME/CFS and FM Patients

Living in your energy envelope

ME/CFS Self-Care: The Basics

My Perspectives on the Making of a Support Group

Perspectives on Friendship

Recovering from ME/CFS

Rest, Pacing and Stress: What Every ME/CFS Patient Needs to Know

Self-Care Strategies

The ME/CFS Initiation—A Primer for New Patients

Tips for living with ME/CFS and FM

Tips for traveling if you are an ME/CFS or FM patient