In 1997, at the age of 33, I developed ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and could no longer work as a secondary school teacher. At this time there was no treatment for the condition and it was known as ‘yuppie flu’. Few doctors recognised it as a valid medical condition and many were of the opinion that it was a “skiver’s charter”. Prior to this illness I had never had time off work that required a sick note, yet here I was struggling to walk, some days unable to get out of bed and no end in sight – it was a bleak and worrying time for me. One doctor actually told me to get back to work and get on with it!
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