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Young woman chronicles life with CFS in memoir

Saturday 2 July 2011

From MMD


Michelle Klein
Michelle Klein

Young woman chronicles life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in memoir

Michelle Klein shares her international travels and life with a devastating illness in "The Monster Inside: The Story of an Ordinary Girl in Extraordinary Circumstances"

ROCKY POINT, N.Y. (MMD Newswire) June 27, 2011 -- Michelle Klein's "The Monster Inside: The Story of an Ordinary Girl in Extraordinary Circumstances" (ISBN 1456476041) takes readers on her six-year journey with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In her memoir, Klein travels around the world with this illness, and uses her journal entries to express how it affects her life in an effort to spread awareness about CFS.

Klein was a lively, enthusiastic girl who was involved in school and her social life. But before she left for a foreign exchange program in Argentina, she started to experience mild flu-like symptoms. She had to return from her trip early as the symptoms worsened, and she was bedridden for months. Over the next couple of years, she slowly improved but has yet to return to full functioning.

Along the way, Klein traveled to France, Puerto Rico and later to Ireland. While the book focuses on her illnesses and her struggles with CFS, "The Monster Inside" also tells the stories of Klein's romances and adventures in these foreign countries.

"There is not enough knowledge about how devastating this illness is," Klein says. "Now more than ever, it is the time for people to open their eyes to this life-shattering illness."

Readers will learn more about this underreported illness and see its consequences on a young, vibrant girl.

"The Monster Inside: The Story of an Ordinary Girl in Extraordinary Circumstances" is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author:

Long Island native Michelle Klein has been suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years. Now 22, Klein will graduate with a bachelor's in sociology next year.


Michelle Klein


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