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Mum's Battle Over Teen Son's Illness

Tuesday 23 July 2019


From Ireland's Cork Lives:


Roan Spillane and Yvonne Brewer Spillane
ECHO FEATURES: Ronan Spillane, 15, from Midleton
who suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
with his mum Yvonne Brewer Spillane.

Mum’s battle over teen son’s illness

By Chris Dunne
19 July 2019

IMAGINE, after a great celebration at your child’s confirmation, that he comes down with a mysterious illness that knocks him for six. Zapped of energy, he grinds to a halt, stopped in his tracks before he is a teenager.

This is what happened to Roan Spillane, 15, from Midleton, who suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as ME, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

The condition has a long history of identity crisis. There are no diagnostic procedures or physical findings that define it, only a collection of symptoms.

“Roan was never sick,” says his mum Yvonne Brewer Spillane.

“He only went to the doctor when he was a baby to get his vaccinations. For weeks after his confirmation, Roan had a chest infection, and he had terrible fatigue that affected the movement in his arms and legs.”


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