By Janet Harrison in The Yorkshire Post.
Living with ME can be severely life-limiting for those affected.
KT King, 46, from Hessle, explains what it is like living with myalgic encephalomyelitis, sometimes known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
“I first became aware of ME aged 23 when I spent six months in bed after graduating university,” said KT.
“I had already been struggling with chronic pain since the age of 19, and found I could not keep up with my peers when it came to energy levels.
“Following the worst relapse of my life in 2012 I was bedbound for three years, yet I was ignored by the medical profession, dismissed by GPs.”
KT King is one of the 250,000 men, women and children in the UK living with ME, a chronic, fluctuating neurological condition that can be severely life-limiting for those affected.
She explained: “I haven’t been able to have a family, I cannot date, I have no social life and no career prospects. I had to leave my job working at an international charity. I retrained slowly as therapist part time, but even after half a day’s work I was totally exhausted and in a lot of pain. I can no longer work. I had to sell my house.
“I used to try to keep fit and enjoyed the gym but went through periods of being too fatigued. I only realised in the last few years that my relapses coincided with trying to be more active and do more exercise.”
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