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Fibromyalgia/CFS Patients Fighting For Awareness Of Career-Ending Illness

Monday 26 February 2018


From Canada's CBC News:


Peter Dawe
Peter Dawe was the director of Newfoundland and
Labrador chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society
for more than a decade.
(Mark Quinn/CBC)

Fibromyalgia/CFS patients fighting for awareness of career-ending illness

For years medical profession has questioned if fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome are real

By Mark Quinn, CBC News
February 22, 2018
©2018 CBC/Radio-Canada. All rights reserved

Peter Dawe says fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome — diseases that can cause debilitating exhaustion, joint and muscle pain — have quietly stalked him since his 20s.

It started as a grogginess he thought was caused by hard work or lack of sleep.

But during the 16 years he was the director of the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society it got progressively worse.

"This was deep. This is in your bones. I just couldn't function physically," said the 57-year-old.

He fought back and after leaving the Cancer Society more than a decade ago he became provincial candidate for the district of Topsail, but in 2010 he quietly bowed out, citing health reasons.

"I had a career and the disease had a career and the disease's career won out," he said.


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