You Don’t Look Sick: ‘People Say ME Isn’t Real But Trust Me – I Deal With It Everyday’

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By Laura Abernethy in The Metro.

 

Over 13.9 million people living in the UK are disabled, but many people live with conditions that you can’t always see. They struggle with symptoms every day but when you see them in the street, you would have no idea that anything is wrong. You Don’t Look Sick is our weekly series about living with invisible illnesses and disabilities. Each week, we speak to someone with a hidden condition to explore what it’s like to face judgement because they look ‘healthy’ to the outside world.

 

Jenny McGibbon, 24, from Stirlingshire has Myalgic Encephalomyelytis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). She is one of over 250,000 people in the UK  living with the condition, which is caused by a dysfunction of the neurological, immune and endocrine systems as well as the metabolism. It causes a range of symptoms, including extreme tiredness that gets worse with just a little bit of exertion. Although her symptoms mean she struggles to leave the house, Jenny admits she feels uncomfortable using disabled facilities because of how she looks.

 

 

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