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This article originally appeared in the December 1998 issue of Talking Point.

ME/CFS Society People
Jonathon Foote
Jane Gill
Annie Hutson
Lyndal Kelley
Kelly Ratcliff

Lyndal Kelley

Since recovering from CFS I have...

Lyndal Kelley’s Story

Since recovering from CFS I have sunbaked on a beach in Fiji, gone parasailing in Sydney and held a koala in Brisbane. My name is Lyndal Kelley and I am 22 years old. In my early teens I was critically ill for an extended period of time with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

During this time CFS was not recognised as a legitimate illness by many medical professionals, and it was not known if a full recovery was possible. I wanted to write and let you know that “yes,” a complete recovery is possible! I am pleased to say I have been living an extremely active and fulfilling life for the past seven years.

To say that I was very sick is just touching lightly on the subject. I was ill for two-and-a-half years, one of which I was entirely bedridden (unable to walk) and in severe muscle pain. Many unpleasant physical symptoms violated my body and we tried every treatment suggested at the time. I had been admitted to hospital many times before being sent to the Royal Children’s Hospital where I completed five months of intensive rehabilitation. While the physical pain was devastating for me and my family, the social isolation and lack of understanding within the community was equally as heartbreaking.

After rehabilitation, I returned to school in 1992 to study Year 10 (a year behind my age group due to missed schooling). I started that year with part-time attendance and worked up to full-time by the end of the year. I was then able to participate in physical education at school, and singing and dance lessons outside of school.

I successfully completed my VCE gaining a high TER score, and some excellent academic results and awards. I also participated in school sports and extracurricular activities. While outside of school I completed a finishing course, and continued singing, voice and movements classes.

I have since worked full-time for a professional property company in a demanding administration role, generally working 8:30am to 6:00pm with two hours spent travelling each day. My health is now so good that I didn’t need to have a sick day until I had been there nine months.

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