Voice of the Patient

Video Missing My Life

Missing my life video clip

The “Missing My Life” video shows a woman with ME/CFS and what her life is like as she goes through part of her day. It shows some of the everyday events that she misses as she manages her illness.

Video Perderme mi vida diaria

Perderme mi vida diaria

El video “Perderme mi vida diaria” muestra una mujer con encefalomielitis miálgica y el síndrome de fatiga crónica (SFC/EM) y cómo es su vida durante parte del día.  Muestra algunos de los momentos cotidianos que ella se pierde mientras lidia con su enfermedad.

Andrew's Story
man setting looking at body of water

I am a physician and had not heard of ME/CFS before I got it. I can’t tell you the specific day in August 1986 but many people with abrupt onset can. I didn’t know what hit me – it was awful. It was like a severe flu. In addition I could not tolerate loud sounds, bright lights, and my large leg muscles felt like jelly. I had no energy, no stability, and started to have sleep problems.

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Ann’s Story
stair case walking up in forest toward light

Right before I got sick, I was an international athlete and was going to graduate school. I was used to being busy and my body was reliable. I distinctly remember when I first became ill. There was an ice storm in my town and it shut down the power in my house. The crawl space became flooded and we spent many hours bailing out the water. The next day I woke up with the worst sore throat and felt sick overall, but I just kept going, thinking I would get better the next day. I developed bad vertigo, and also had fatigue and sleep problems.

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Liz's Story
woman laying in recliner on back deck

I remember the day I got sick – Monday April 15, 1991 – the day my life changed. At first I thought it was the flu or food poisoning, but I couldn’t kick it. I had a fever and an upper respiratory infection that required antibiotics, but nothing else helped. I crawled into bed and stayed there for about two-and-a-half years.

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Marlene’s Story
woman laying in recliner on back deck

It all happened around my 16th birthday. I started to throw-up, had a sore throat, and was very tired. My pediatrician did a test to check for mononucleosis (also known as mono) but it came back negative. Next I went to an ear, nose, and throat doctor for a second opinion and they did more blood work and eventually diagnosed me with mono.

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