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Life-Draining Disease Needs Research

Wednesday 5 October 2016


From US newspaper the Green Bay Press-Gazette:


Brian Vastag
Brian Vastag sits in the cockpit of NASA's retired
Discovery Shuttle while on assignment with
The Washington Post in 2012, before he started
suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis.
(Photo: Courtesy of Bonnie Vastag)

Life-draining disease needs research

By Bonnie Vastag
September 23, 2016
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Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) — It’s the difficult to spell, hard to pronounce illness that afflicts our son, Brian Vastag, and millions of sufferers in the U.S. and around the world. On Sept. 27, the second Millions Missing protest is scheduled for Washington, D.C., and worldwide. I have mailed a pair of shoes to D.C. representing Brian — missing from the job he loves, missing from socializing with his friends, missing health care professionals who understand his disease. They’ll be displayed with thousands of other pairs as advocates work for adequate research dollars to help solve this scourge.

A graduate of Southwest High School and the University of Minnesota, Brian had a promising career as a journalist, earning a position at The Washington Post on its science desk. In July 2012, he was attacked by a sudden fever and by 2014 was so disabled he could no longer work.


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