‘No One Chooses To Have ME – Everything Changed When I Became Ill’

ME sufferer Tom Kindlon, with his mother and carer Vera Kindlon picture at their home in Castleknock, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren 29.10.2015

ME sufferer Tom Kindlon, with his mother and carer Vera Kindlon picture at their home in Castleknock, Dublin.
Pic:Mark Condren
29.10.2015

A story by Tom Kindlon in the Independent.IE.

I would not normally reproduce articles about ME life stories as we all tend to know what it’s about, but as I know Tom well though other social media, I thought for those visiting our site to find out more about our condition, it gives a good rounded picture.

As a new study suggests that ME can be beaten through therapy and exercise, long-term sufferer Tom Kindlon says it’s not that simple.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), sometimes called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is a chronic condition affecting an estimated 12,000 Irish people. People of all ages are affected, with the teens and the 30s the most common ages to initially become ill.

I first became ill at 16. Before becoming ill I lived a very active life. I participated in whatever sport was going – soccer, table tennis, life-saving, tennis, cricket and cross-country running. I was also naturally academic and managed to get good results while still enjoying lots of extra-curricular activities.

All that changed when I became ill with ME.

To read the rest of Tom’s story, click on the link below:

Link to the rest of Tom Kindlon’s ME story

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