Tuesday 23 May 2017

Death highlights distress of ME

The tragic case of Lynn Gilderdale and her Irish-born mother Kay, who was recently acquitted of her attempted murder in 2008 (''Selfless' mother cleared of trying to kill ill daughter', Irish Independent, January 26) has had at least one positive effect: it has highlighted how debilitating Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) can be.

However, it would be tragic if other ME patients (particularly the newly diagnosed) considered suicide.

As someone who has been housebound, nearly bedbound, for 15 years with severe ME, I can say that one can have a meaningful life if one gets the proper support. And there is reason for optimism now more than ever that research breakthroughs will translate to treatments in the coming years.

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