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After 25 Years Battling Illness, Actor Prepares To Showcase New Film

Friday 15 June 2018


From the Scottish Herald (via the ME Association):


Kirsty Strain
Kirsty Strain’s role in ‘And Violet’, a film about adoption,
gave her the idea for her own short film,
Echoes That Remain’.

The Herald: After 25 years battling illness, actor prepares to showcase new film | 14 June 2018

By Paul English
14 June 2018
© 2018 Scottish Herald

There have been days when Kirsty Strain’s ME symptoms were so bad, she has been unable to get out of bed. But she is making up for those lost days now.

Over the coming weeks, the actress will see the seeds of her creative endeavours come to fruition with a prolific run of work including a film she conceived, wrote, directed and stars in herself.

The 37-year-old Glaswegian is best known for roles in BBC Scotland programmes such as comedy series Burnistoun and weekly drama River City.

Yet 25 years ago, she first encountered the symptoms of which would eventually lead to her being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalopathy.

There is, as yet, no cure for the debilitating condition, which affects an estimated 250,000 people across the UK.

Famous sufferers include former Celtic and Scotland footballer Davie Provan, actor Michael Crawford and American singer-songwriter Randy Newman.

Symptoms include severe tiredness, disordered sleep and reduced cognitive function, with many of those diagnosed rendered unable to work.

For Kirsty, coping with the illness is not so much a battle, as a daily negotiation with her compromised physiology.


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