CFS affected me for 18 months severely and three years after that chronically. Only now , having recovered, can I see how much it disabled me. I do not know where it came from, but it was ghastly. I am sure it was some kind of nervous disorder, but whether the cause was internal or external to myself or a combination I am still unsure.
What I can state is that I did feel optimistic and happy in myself when CFS symptoms first occurred. I was not as Ms Moore implies "sick and tired of life". It was only after a long time and when I began to feel that the symptoms would not go away that the kind of outlook on life Ms Moore expects is the root cause began to develop. The alienation I began to feel was not helped by glib hypotheses about my condition from others who had not been where I then was.
CFS meant that I spent my mid-twenties looking fine but feeling how I expected to feel when I was 80. Unless you have experienced it you cannot imagine what it feels like. Everyday experience of lethargy, listlessness and frustration does not prepare one for it.
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