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Ballet star returns after beating secret illness

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by maryb, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

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    The above is a headline in the Sunday Times to the following short piece,

    Lauren Cuthbertson a principal dancer at the Royal Ballet who was hailed as the next Darcy Bussell is now back working, 'it can now be disclosed' she had been suffering from glandular fever followed by ME also known as Chronic Fatigu Syndrome.................
    What is it with all the secrecy surrounding this illness??
     
  2. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    If I were in the public eye, the last thing I would want is people writing me off as a nutcase because I have ME, until such time as it becomes publicly recognised for the neuro-immune disease that it is. I keep my own illness a secret from people until I know I can trust them. Once one has recovered enough to function, it's easier to talk about what you've had; but hard to talk about it when you've got it.

    Or maybe it's just shoddy reporting and they meant "mysterious" rather than "secret" - after all, ME still is mysterious, unfortunately for us.
     
  3. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

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    "It can now be disclosed" really does reflect attidues here since whoever called it just "yuppie flu" all that time ago. And the general disbelief in any illness certainly brought me to avoid my Doctor/Consultant. So it was go it alone. And I might add still is mostly until the arrival of the WPI.
     
  4. apples

    apples

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    Very impressive. Ballet is a very rigorous activity. I'd call it a sport, but it's too graceful... Add to the difficulty of dealing with ME while practicing and performing the stress of keeping it secret as a prominent figure in your field--man!
     
  5. knackers323

    knackers323 Senior Member

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    so how did she recover?
     
  6. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    A lot of people develop a CFS-type illness after infectious mononucleosis (like this young woman) and get over it.

    For example, in the study below, 2/3 of those who had CFS 6 months after infectious mononucleosis didn't have it 18 months later. A similar result was seen in the Dubbo studies (percentages may have been a bit different - not sure the figures were ever published for 2 years but I heard 98-99% of the initial group who got IM were well then).

    Full free text: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/124/1/189

     
  7. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    News about someone getting over it seems bad for us :( Unless it talks about how some don't get over it and how bad it is. Otherwise it's like, oh it was just a long drawn out yuppie flu and some people stay sick because they prefer to be sick and lazy :(
     
  8. Wayne

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    I heard once it was Johnny Carson who coined "yuppie flu". Whether accurate or not, I believe he took his share of pot shots at PWCs. Never underestimate how much influence celebrities have on public perceptions.

    Wayne
     
  9. lucy

    lucy Senior Member

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    Strange, because coming down with mononucleosis is very common among college sports news: google news for mononucleosis and there will be plenty of news of basketball players with mono.
     

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