Thursday, December 9, 2010
Yvette Cooper and ME/CFS Misquote
"The correct statistic is that 90% of recoveries occur in the first year, not 90% of people recover"
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In the first year (1987-1988), I did manage to recover enough to return to work full-time for 12 years. When I lost my job in 2000, it was straight downhill, because what little was being done by doctors was all wrong -- they were treating me for conditions I don't have, with drugs known to be ineffective against CFS.
However, turning that quote around, 10% of recoveries happen after the first year. While I'm certainly not recovered enough to return to a full-time job, proper treatment has finally broken the endless loop of pain causing insomnia, lack of sleep causing more pain, causing more insomnia and I am back on an upward trajectory.