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He is dependent on others to wash his hair and cut up his food when he eats, and when he is able to walk even a few steps—which is on a good day—he must lean on a cane. During 2010 Di Pasquale left his house on only 2 occasions, and was in a wheelchair both times. On Facebook he reads about all the fun things his friends are doing and wishes so badly that he could be with them. But he has no idea whether he will ever get better and have a normal life again. ”53 Physical Agony One of the most debilitating problems for many who suffer from CFS is having to cope with chronic pain.

Katherine Harmon, “Retrovirus Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Could Aid in Diagnosis,” Scientific American, October 8, 2009. com. Harmon is a science and health writer for Scientific American. “ Most people, when they hear the disease name, it’s all they know about it. It sounds so mild. When I first was sick, for the first 10 years or so, I was dismissed. I was ridiculed and told I was lazy. It was a joke. ” —Laura Hillenbrand, interviewed by Tara Parker-Pope, “An Author Escapes from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” Well (blog), New York Times, February 4, 2011.

59 Facts and Illustrations Facts and Illustrations What Are the Effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? 60 • According to the CFIDS Association of America, population-based studies of CFS have found that at least 25 percent of sufferers are either unemployed or receiving disability. • A study published in May 2011 by researchers from the Netherlands found that 90 percent of teens with CFS had significant school absences, defined by missing school at least 15 percent of the time. • According to the Stanford School of Medicine, studies have shown that up to 90 percent of CFS patients suffer from gastrointestinal problems of varying severity.

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