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Severely Ill Galiano Island Woman Turned Away From Assisted Living Due To 'Unscheduled Care Needs'

Wednesday 10 July 2019

 

From Canada's CBC News:

 

Jemma Lee
Jemma Lee stands in front of her small home on
Galiano Island. She suffers from a debilitating illness
called myalgic encephalomyelitis, and has had
four applications for assisted living rejected.
(Jemma Lee (Submitted))
 

Severely ill Galiano Island woman turned away from assisted living due to 'unscheduled care needs'

'I’m a prisoner in my own home,' says Jemma Lee, who has a neuroinflammatory disease.

By Adam van der Zwan
July 8, 2019
© 2019 Metro Media US. All rights reserved.

Jemma Lee says she's had problems with fatigue her entire life, but in the last decade migraines and frequent bouts of the flu have turned that fatigue into a new beast.

The 52-year-old was diagnosed three years ago with extreme myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.), a neuroinflammatory disease known to many as chronic fatigue syndrome. It causes extreme tiredness and affects various body systems to the point where Lee says she is "unable to move."

Lee was shocked to learn recently that her four applications for assisted living in Victoria have been declined by the Vancouver Island Health Authority due to "unscheduled care needs."

 

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