‘The Most Common Disease You’ve Never Seen’: How One Woman Turned Her Illness Into A Life-Changing Film

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By Alice Vincent in The Telegraph.


Jennifer Brea was 28 when she was bedridden with a high fever. As she explains, “I got better, but something wasn’t right.” She, like millions of people worldwide, had contracted Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, otherwise known as ME.

Suddenly, her life as she knew it, as a newlywed PhD student at Harvard University, was put on hold, as she became progressively more ill, losing even the ability to sit in a wheelchair. Doctors told her that her condition was “all in her head”. There was, and remains, no cure.


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