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Anna Spends 22 Hours A Day In Bed. But Experts Hope They're Close To A Cure

Thursday 15 August 2019


From Australian newspaper The Age:


Anna Kerr
Anna Kerr has myalgic encephalomyelitis, a
highly-stigmatised and misunderstood condition
also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
She spends more than 20 hours a day in bed.
(Photo Credit: Eddie Jim.)

Anna spends 22 hours a day in bed. But experts hope they're close to a cure

August 14, 2019
Copyright © 2019.

Anna Kerr often spends up to 22 hours a day in a darkened room unable to get out of bed.

Following her first pregnancy, the Thornbury mother-of-two felt something was amiss. At first, it was a newfound reaction to wine and coffee, triggering nausea, weakness and heart palpitations.

Then came the endless and unexplained bouts of illness, like a re-occurring flu or virus that she couldn't shake, compounded by a sensitivity to bright light and sound. Some episodes were so severe she was bedridden.

Ms Kerr has myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), a profoundly stigmatised and widely misunderstood condition, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

"I literally dropped out of life," Ms Kerr said. "I couldn't stand up. I couldn't cook. I couldn't put washing on. I couldn't even be with my kids very much because I was just so ill. It was devastating."

The complex condition affects up to 250,000 people in Australia, about a quarter of whom are so unwell they are confined to their beds and homes. But there is new hope for sufferers with the creation of Australia’s first biobank and registry.


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