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Dublin Mum Shares Devastating Reality Of Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Saturday 15 June 2019
Dublin mum shares devastating reality of living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
"There are days where I have to psych myself up for two hours to brush my teeth"
A Dublin mum has opened up about the reality of living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Sarah O'Connell is mother to an eight-year-old and a four-year-old, and, like any mum to young kids, her life is always 'go, go, go!'.
However Sarah's life took a drastic turn in 2013 when she was struck down with the winter vomiting bug - and never recovered.
She was diagnosed with ME/CFS just over a year later. She managed to work for about a year after her diagnosis but had to quit because her symptoms got too severe.
"The big reason I had to give up work was due to my physical symptoms definitely but actually it just became impossible to work because of my cognitive symptoms," she told RSVP Live.
"It means that it gets difficult to think clearly, to think of the right words, just memory problems in general.
"I'd be working away and forget what I was working, forget what I was saying in a meeting."
ME/CFS affects all systems of the body. Sarah now suffers from chronic gastritis, ovarian cysts among other physical and cognitive symptoms of the condition.
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