Friday, February 4, 2011

An Author Escapes From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - NYTimes.com

 
Q.

Why have you started talking about your illness?

A.

I had never been public about my illness at all before "Seabiscuit." I didn't want to talk about it very much because I had the experience of being dismissed and ridiculed. People don't understand this illness, and the name is so misleading. I realized I had this opportunity because I was going to be getting press attention for the book. I'm going to talk about it because I can. Maybe that will save the next person from going through what I did.

Q.

Do you think it's hard for people to understand how debilitating chronic fatigue can be?

A.

This is why I talk about it. You can't look at me and say I'm lazy or that this is someone who wants to avoid working. The average person who has this disease, before they got it, we were not lazy people; it's very typical that people were Type A and hard, hard workers.

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