Friday, September 25, 2009

Who are you?

If you're Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and complain of fatigue and feeling faint, you get taken to the hospital for observation.
If you're the average CFS patient and make the same complaints, you're told to stop complaining and go back to work.
In 2000, I could not sit up for more than 5 minutes at a time without getting dizzy and having to lie down in a dark room. Thanks to a laptop computer and touch-typing skills, I could do some writing for a friend's website while horizontal with my eyes closed. Nonetheless, my doctor refused to acknowledge my symptoms as anything other than fakery designed to avoid working. I WAS working! But that wasn't what he wanted to hear.

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