By Russell Logan in Shout About ME.
Almost half a million Canadians with debilitating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) also suffer severe deprivation and isolation, in many cases worse than more recognized illnesses such as stroke and cancer, according to the latest report from Health Canada.
The 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) (published June 17, 2015) reveals that, among Canadians aged 12 or older, 1.4% have been diagnosed by a health professional with CFS, relatively unchanged from figures collected in 2010 and 2005.
The survey reveals a tragic reality of hundreds of thousands of patients disenfranchised from the community, requiring help to carry out even the simplest of tasks such as feeding, bathing and grocery shopping.
Although a more detailed breakdown of the 2014 survey is not available, an analysis of the 2010 CCHS revealed that as many as 20% of Canadians with CFS could not afford or were too incapacitated to feed themselves.
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