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Canadian Woman Raises Awareness Of Debilitating Disease

Saturday 17 November 2018


From Canadian news outlet the Osoyoos Times:


Hilary Robertson
Hilary Robertson spoke to the Rotarians earlier this year
about her struggle with myalgic encephalomyelitis.
(Photo: Richard McGuire)

Local woman raises awareness of debilitating disease

By Richard McGuire
November 14, 2018
© Osoyoos Times

Some years ago, when Hilary Robertson was suffering from extreme exhaustion and continuous pain, she visited a medical specialist to try to pinpoint what was wrong.

“You’re almost 70,” he told Robertson, who was then actually 62. “Get on with your life. There’s nothing wrong with you.”

Since that time, Robertson has been diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), a condition commonly referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

And she’s become an advocate for people with this condition, which is still misunderstood in popular culture.

“There were jokes even on Jimmy Kimmel about yuppie flu and ‘oh, I just don’t feel like going to work today,’” Robertson said earlier this year in a talk to the Rotary Club of Osoyoos.

And while popular culture and even some medical professionals still see those with ME as malingerers, there is now widespread medical recognition that ME is a real and serious condition.


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