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Article: How Not to Become Invisible

A small achievement 3 years into ME (fairly speechless at the time with mobility and cognitive difficulties) I had to visit the Gastro Consultant following my Barium Test. As rushed he rushed in and out I dared to ask a question and cutting me short he said "you think too much". With restrained fury I replied "I do have some interest in my own health" The Senior Nurse attending glared at him on my behalf and I must say he left fairly chastened. And I must add useless though polyps were discovered.