Members' Stories

The stories below contain some Sheffield M.E. Group members' experiences of living with M.E. Most of these stories have featured in past issues of the Newsletter.

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Fiona's Personal Story

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I never thought that it would be relief that swept over me when I was diagnosed with a life-altering illness - but that's exactly what happened when doctors finally decided that the cause of my energy drain was the illness known as M.E. [...]

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Am I Getting Better?

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[...] Over three years ago I came down with what I later discovered was M.E./CFS with symptoms of fatigue, brain fog, dizziness and muscle weakness. I'd just spent a year teaching abroad and travelling after finishing school and was in my first term at University. [...]

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

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Few conditions can surpass MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) in its complexity, but it is one that an increasing number of M.E. sufferers are facing. However, the situation doesn't have to be bleak! [...]

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M.E. and Adopting a Child

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[...] We knew adoption would not be a short process and since we'd already been planning for years a few more wouldn't matter. We have had our problems with the process itself and various "professionals". Nevertheless, in the end, we were appointed to the right Social Worker and this now means that we have a wonderful daughter. [...]

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An Interview with John

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[...] John is one of the more severely affected of our members, having been virtually housebound since 1999 as well as for long periods before then. John's cheerfulness and sense of humour belie the seriousness of his condition, which is betrayed by, for instance, the weakness of his voice and the many layers of clothing he must wear in order to keep warm. [...]

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A Recovery Story

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I started with ME in 2001 and had it for until 2004. I started to recover around the middle of 2004 and am now symptom free. I would say that I had moderate ME [...]

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Clare's M.E. Journey

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[...] My health steadily declined over a period of about a year, to a point where I was completely bed-bound, too weak to sit up, unable to talk or be spoken to. I couldn't feed myself or attend to even my most basic needs alone. I was in this sorry state for around 10 months before things began to turn around. [...]

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