By John Siddle in Surrey Live.
The cruel condition affects 250,000 people in the UK.
An 80-year-old from Farnham has had to skip every family gathering, birthday and Christmas over the past 20 years after a shock diagnosis of a devastating ‘living death’ illness.
Nancy Collins a former NHS nurse was struck down with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) 20 years ago at the age of 60. She was just months into her retirement after a long and happy 40-year career saving lives.
The disease – also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – is a chronic and fluctuating neurological condition that causes symptoms affecting many of the body’s systems. It most commonly attacks the nervous and immune systems.
One in four sufferers are so severely affected that they were effectively housebound or bedbound.
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