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Rugby player's ME battle
Tuesday 4 October 2011
Health Services Finder
A YOUNG Driffield rugby player has secured a place at a top training school despite battling the debilitating condition ME.
Driffield School pupil Charles Taylor, 13, was diagnosed with the condition last December but has refused to let it get in the way of his future as a promising young rugby player.
Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), is now a recognised disability which causes debilitating fatigue and symptoms such as headaches, sleep problems, dizziness and nausea.
But since his diagnosis Charles, who plays for Driffield RUFC under 14s, has been managing his condition so well he has successfully endured a rigorous selection process to attend the Leeds Carnegie School of Rugby.
Charles will attend nine training sessions at the prestigious school this season, with the chance to go through the selection process again for next year, and he is delighted with his progress.
“I was surprised at first and then I felt proud,” said Charles who is open to the idea of pursuing a professional rugby career in the future.
Proud parents Claire and Stuart hope their son’s achievement will inspire other youngsters battling the same condition not to let it get in the way of their ambitions.
Stuart said: “This is the first step on the professional ladder. They have seen a talent or something in him.”
“It probably means more to us as a family because Charles was diagnosed with ME last year,” said Claire.
“We are incredibly proud of him but more so because instead of looking at his illness in a negative way it’s part of what makes him him. It’s a really positive story for any kid of his age,” she added.
The above, with comments, originally appeared here.
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