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Review for Open Medicine Foundation, Agoura Hills, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Hello, I’m Jean and I’ve had ME for 30years, since I was 38. For many years I was able to live a relatively normal life, using the pacing technique of working out how much I could do in a day and then doing only 75 per cent of it. This worked well except for the days when I failed to pace myself and paid the price by crashing and having to rest, in pain, until I was back to 'normal'.
Over the last few years I have become more ill, having to rest nearly all of the time, and I now become extremely exhausted after a couple of hours spent with friends or family. I’ve also realised that my doctor doesn’t believe that ME is a real illness making me realise that there is no possibility of my medical problems being treated knowledgeably and purposefully. I only see my doctor when I have an easily identified illness that I’ve had before, now. The Open Medicine Foundation has given me hope that my disease will be understood and recognised one day. They are the reason I can hope for a better future and I love to read about the research they are doing.

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