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UK Woman Reveals Struggle Of Battling Hidden Illness That 'Made Life Stop At 17'

Sunday 2 June 2019


From UK newspaper the Mirror:


Natasha Spychalski
Natasha Spychalski at home in Huddersfield.
(Image: Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

Woman reveals struggle of battling hidden illness that 'made life stop at 17'

Natasha Spychalski can sleep for up to 23 hours at a time - waking only to eat and shower before falling back asleep again

By Neil Murphy
1 June 2019
© 2019 MGN Limited.

A woman has revealed how a hidden illness "made life stop at 17".

Natasha Spychalski's debilitating ME condition can see her sleeping for up to 23 hours at a time - waking only to eat and shower, before falling asleep again.

The 25-year-old dreamed of starting a degree in fashion buying and hoped to pursue a career in acting before sickness struck.

But in her final year in college she became ill with glandular fever, ExaminerLive reported.

The illness passed but her symptoms did not and she had so little energy she would go home to sleep during the day.

When her friends were up dancing at her 18th birthday party, Natasha was left watching from the sidelines, too tired to join them.

Natasha was eventually diagnosed with ME - commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome - after undergoing a series of tests.

On top of this she also suffers from fibromyalgia, a long term condition causing pain across her whole body.

Her condition is incurable and there is no effective treatment.

She is sharing her story to help people understand not every disability is visible and some struggle with symptoms that you cannot see.

"I feel like my life stopped at 17."


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