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Well written conveying just how destructive and stealing our lives ME can be. Useful for people with ME, friends, family and the public. Also an eye opener to be cautious about our treatment, and articles written which can be biased and damaging. To stand firm we have a true illness not to be taken lightly. Who amongst us would ever have chosen this street where we miss out on quality of life, relationships and financial insecurity. I have amazing admiration for Dr Hng to write this book under very difficult circumstances and thank her.
Having suffered with chronic fatigue for decades, this is the firsthand heartbreaking story of what a lot of of us go through on a everyday basis. The diagnosis is sometimes difficult to achieve as some doctors still don’t understand (or wish to acknowledge) that this condition even exists. But sadly, it does. Process of elimination is usually the only method to diagnose. Even then, it leaves you wondering if your doctor believes you about how debilitating this is. Unless you experience the mental and physical exhaustion on a everyday basis, I don’t believe you can really understand it fully. For those who still don’t believe ME/CFS exists (trust me when I say it’s NOT in your head), I urge you to read this book and give a copy to your doctors so that they may understand better.
This book shows, in a very clear and relatable way, what it's like living with M.E. The fact that the author is also a medical doctor gives the book even more credence. I dare anyone who reads it to conclude it's all in her head, which is what so a lot of of us are told. I think there is nothing more strong than a first-person narrative. It's heart-breaking to see how hard Dr. Hng has struggled not only to be a doctor, but to be a mother and just to have a life. Those of us with M.E. face related struggles every day, and are often not believed when we test to convey these struggles to friends, family, and, yes, especially to our doctors. Now we have another tool--this book--to hand to these people by method of saying, "Read this, and then tell me you still don't believe."
A sadly moving, eye opening tour de force of life with M.E./CFS, this book is a wake call for modern medicine. Told from a Doctor's actual experience, this volume addresses the horrid shortcomings of medical practice, in particular that of the British NHS. Easier to read for patients, this small book tells the story shared by so a lot of all over the world. Bravo to the Doc!
Thank you for your efforts for us all. Your struggles are all too familiar to a lot of of us. Congratulations that you were able to complete the book. It is nice to have a little book to suggest as informational read rather than having to test to explain it repeatedly with limited energy to do so. I gave it to a family member and just said "this explains me, please read." It is very helpful in the understanding process for a family member or mates of a loved one with this horrible, debilitating and misunderstood disease.
ME/CFS is a neurological condition through which any effort—moving, thinking, feeling emotion—any stress beyond one’s private toleration point, results in profound fatigue. There are two sections of this publication that I think would be useful to anyone with the symptoms of the rst, the main text. Though brief, it a realistic take on the development and subsequent day-by-day struggles of an active young woman who was overcome. Her details, which happened to match mine beautiful much, helped me sort out just what is going on. Everyone has a special set of susceptibilities, but the negative result of effort and stress is primary to the cond, and really worth the of the book by itself, is a report on a breakthrough that only very recently became known. An earlier major research study on the treatment of ME/CFS had purported to verify the standard medical-establishment line that the disease was psychosomatic and the fatigue the effect of an unwillingness to exercise, and hence the treatment was supposed to be psychotherapy and “graded exercise therapy.” BUT the study was re-evaluated, and was shown to prove that exercise CAUSED the fatigue, as we’ve been saying all along, and who wouldn’t be depressed after being told for years that there’s nothing wrong that a few walks around the block wouldn’t cure?So why not 5 stars? Well the book is very, very short and its brief length is partly taken up by off-topic material (snapshots of the family; promotion of the author’s series on piano for young children). I suspect the author rushed it into production to obtain the word out about that necessary research breakthrough. I’m glad she did.
dr ng has writen a unbelievable heartfelt and very compelling book. i have just received it today and i have already dived in and am really enjoying the book. obviously dr ng's suffering and the medical systems indifference, really resonates with my experiences of the medical profession towards this very serious illness. just today i went to a fresh doctor and they weren't the slightest bit interested in hearing about it. they just wanted to move on to the next issue. the medical professions arrogance towards ME patients is often unbearable and this serves only to compound our sufferingdr ng is also involved in necessary advocacy work and hopes to distribute this book to gp surgeries around the uk.if you can support her in this regard by purchasing additional copies for your gp, and even for your public library that will definitely support advance our cause,On the whole, dr ng's books is a tour de force, and a very valuable and easily digestible (pun intended given her speciality) addition to the extant literature on ME and the experience and often arduous private odysseys of patients.