While performing research for my next article, I found a paper in The Open Neurology Journal reporting the results of a scientific study which confirmed both the presence and the level of cognitive impairment in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). As I was reading the study, I thought “Aha! Finally. A study that confirms cognitive deficits!” My interest and excitement was due to my own experience with CFS and the many difficulties I have experienced over the past fifteen years; as well as the knowledge of how this information will help other people afflicted with this crippling illness.
I had entered nursing with a lot of anticipation and many ambitious plans for the future. After working a few years on a critical care unit, I decided to change my focus and began working as a visiting nurse for a local home health care agency. One wintry day, I fell while going down the outside stairs and sprained both my ankle and shoulder. Nothing to worry about, right? A few weeks of rest and recuperation and I would be good as new and back to work. This is where all of my plans went straight off the rails and I found myself in a situation where I had no control and very little understanding and support from the medical community.