‘I felt like ME had ruined all of my chances in life. I thought I couldn’t do anything ever again.’
Diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) at the age of 12, eighteen-year-old Hannah Bradley from Penrith in Cumbria wants others with the condition to be taken more seriously, so they can get the help they need.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Lookaround on Thursday 14th May.
In the TV piece Hannah explains more about the condition, which causes her to experience extreme fatigue, and outlines her plans to make a poster with Fixers to improve people’s understanding of ME.
‘I became ill with an ear infection on my 12th birthday and from then on I just never got better,' says Hannah.
'My symptoms continued to get worse for a year before I was diagnosed with ME, which I still have now.
'People who have the condition need others to believe in them and not make them feel alone or rejected.
‘I hope to reach out to secondary school children as ME is something they don’t really have an awareness of.’
You can view Hannah's Fixers poster 'M.E.' by clicking on the image below.
Professor Julia Newton from Newcastle University also features in the broadcast, in support of Hannah’s campaign.
‘What the condition seems to be is a constellation of symptoms,' she explains.
'Predominately fatigue, but then other symptoms like a feeling of tiredness in your muscles after exercise. It can be very debilitating.’
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