Young people, particularly women, were the most vulnerable to the disease, though it affected people of all ages. When an individual was stricken, the first signs were typically a sore throat and fever accompanied by a headache; but these discomforts soon developed into more alarming problems such as double-vision and severe weakness.
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The nurse in the movie "Awakenings" comments to the doctor that she doesn't think she could deal with losing 30 years of her life. I've come to realize that I basically have a 10-year gap in my memory. I was healthy in 2000, and although I don't question the accuracy when I see the date 2012, I don't come up with that date myself without really thinking about it. Instinct tells me that it should be 2001, maybe 2002.
Because doctors repeatedly refused to listen to me when I told them what the specialists recommend, I've lost 10 years of my life. It's not something where I'm allowed to say "I don't think I could deal with it". It's my reality and I have to deal with it.