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Too Tired To Live: A Canadian Woman's Struggle With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Wednesday 15 May 2019
Too tired to live: A B.C. woman’s struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome
Tashia Weeks wants to get the word out about the disease
A good day for Tashia Weeks is one when she can get a little sun on her face, or perhaps walk around her home without feeling dizzy.
She might be able to hold a conversation with her seven-year-old son, and maybe do a few light chores.
But those days are few and far between.
“If I’m out of bed, I am suffering,” she says.
Weeks, 45, suffers from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Little is known about the disease, which causes severe fatigue, sleep dysfunction, headaches, sensitivity to lights and sounds and a slowing of cognitive functions that include concentration lapses and short-term memory loss.
The disease affects over half a million adult Canadians, the majority of whom are women, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
But there’s no accurate way of diagnosing ME, its causes remain unknown, and there’s no treatment.
It has also destroyed Weeks’ life.
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