It’s been almost fifteen years since I was taken down by a mystery illness. These days I am functioning at about 80 percent of my physiological capacity – and that feels like remission to me. I manage my health by eating a mostly plant-based diet, exercise, stress reduction, some supplements, and daily dosing with a CBD-rich tincture, with occasional THC-rich cannabis at night.
Not everyone will go through these stages in the same way or in the same order that I have, but I’m confident that this list will sound familiar, both to those who are chronically ill and to those who care for them (if the former are fortunate enough to have the latter—I recognize that not everyone is).
“If you have moderate or severe ME, it will take considerable effort and thorough preparation just to get out of your house to go see your doctor. This time, however, it was not just getting out of my house in northern Ibaraki, but I had to travel all the way to Tokyo to take the Eiken Grade 1 or the uppermost level of the English proficiency test in Japan”
For the past several years, Deborah Smith has taken a less active role in her family members’ lives due to a draining, mysterious biological disease. Smith suffers from myalgic encephalomyelitis chronic fatigue syndrome, an illness without a known cause or cure.
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Marie-Josée Ménard, a teacher in Montreal, started experiencing symptoms of ME/CFS in 2010. At the time, her doctor concluded it was severe depression.
A network of Canadian scientists is trying to make up for lost time in the search for a standard diagnostic test and treatment for a debilitating, poorly understood disease that had long been dismissed as a psychological illness.
“It is a tremendous injustice, as we all realize the imbalance of access to proper patient care for many patients with ME/CFS, especially African-Americans and Hispanics. The voices of these communities are unheard, ignored and neglected, and most people are unaware of what they have, and most doctors do not even acknowledge or treat the symptoms of this horrific disease,” Linda Tannenbaum said in a statement.