Falkirk Girl Shares ME Experience On 16th Birthday




By Charlene Wilson in The Falkirk Herald.


A Falkirk ME patient who claims she was labelled a ‘lazy teenager’ by her GP has chosen to celebrate her 16th birthday by raising awareness about her condition.

Hannah Sweeney was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, more commonly known as ME, when she was just 14.

She told how doctors were initially baffled by her symptoms.

“They told me I was to go to school even if it meant risking passing out,” she said.

“They told me to do exercises every day, even if it was a good or bad day. This led to me to becoming bedbound.”

In fact, Hannah was suffering from a chronic, fluctuating neurological condition that affects an estimated 20,000 young people in the UK.

She reflects: “I was bedbound for most of the first year and was very sensitive to light and sound and to my body temperature and got really bad irregular heartbeats.


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