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A catalogue of losses: what chronic fatigue syndrome took away from my life – The Guardian

Saturday, 3 December, 2022

A catalogue of losses: what chronic fatigue syndrome took away from my life – The Guardian

On Friday, 14 December 2012, I would experience the sudden onset of an illness that, looking back almost a decade later, bears a powerful resemblance to the narratives of those suffering from long Covid.

That night, I had plans to meet a woman I was seeing. At the time, I was working as an adjunct English professor at a local college in Westchester, New York, commuting over the George Washington Bridge from my fourth-floor walkup in Hoboken, New Jersey, and trying to persuade distracted 19-year-olds to appreciate the black comedy and cryptic comeuppances of Flannery O’Connor. After walking back to my apartment from the gym, I showered and sprayed on cologne. But before I could leave, a wave of weakness and disorientation crashed over me. My balance became wobbly, and my stomach lurched forward and back. I staggered through my apartment as if it was the cabin of a boat heaving and pitching in a storm.

This weather, I was soon to find out, would never pass.

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/nov/28/a-catalogue-of-losses-what-chronic-fatigue-took-away-from-my-life

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