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Hope For ME: Irish Woman's Campaign For The Thousands Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Thursday 3 May 2018


From The Irish News:


Jennifer Brea and Omar Wasow
Jennifer Brea and Omar Wasow who feature in the award-
winning documentary Unrest, which will be screened at
Newry's Sean Hollywood Arts Centre on May 8.

Hope for ME: Co Down woman's campaign for the thousands living with chronic fatigue syndrome

Co Down mother Joan McParland found herself bed bound due to the debilitating, energy sapping condition ME, but she is now helping others with the illness to campaign for an improvement in services here. Jenny Lee reports.

By Jenny Lee
2 May 2018
Copyright © 2014-2018 All rights reserved the Irish News

"TEN years is a long time to be staring out the window counting leaves on the trees."

This was the reality for Newry woman Joan McParland whose life as she knew came to a halt in 1999 when she woke up one morning unable to work or get out of her bed. Joan went from being a “superfit” 42-year-old mum who enjoyed exercising and caravanning with her husband and 11-year-old son Stephen, to having to be carried from her bed to go the toilet.

She was eventually diagnosed with myalgic encephalopathy (ME), also commonly know as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

ME is a condition that has greatly puzzled healthcare professionals for many years; it has even been debated as to whether it was actually an illness at all. While initially thought to be a psychological condition, and even given the nickname 'yuppie flu', understanding of the condition has improved. Indeed, the World Health Organisation now classifies it as a chronic neurological condition.


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