Rethinking Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

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By Sylvia Rowley in The Saturday Paper (Australia).

 

I’m typing this lying in my dark bedroom with my eyes closed, on a dark screen with earplugs in,” writes 45-year-old Anna Kennedy, a Melbourne-based clinical psychologist, in one of our first email exchanges.

“It’s a rotten place for me to be as I’m a relater at heart. I love conversations. I find people fascinating, always have. It’s like being in a prison, having ME.”

Kennedy hasn’t worked for five years, since becoming severely ill with the complex neuro-immune condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

 

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