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As some of you know my 15 year old daughter has suffered with ME/CFS since September 2012, she has extreme fatigue, constant stomach pain, brain fog, poor concentration, headaches, poor temperature control, sore throats and other symptoms and so takes lots of medication. Her condition has taken its toll on her mental health which seems to be inevitable for ME sufferers. She will be due to sit her GCSES in May and June this year but like most young ME sufferers she is now only doing 4 subjects with only 3 and a half hours education a week as she is unable to attend school and hasn't been in full time education since year 7, she is now year 11. Before this illness Katie was a very active, sporty girl who did competitive dancing, had a good social life and was very bright at school. Now she barely has the energy to walk for more than 15 minutes without her symptoms getting worse and has a wheelchair to use on the rare occasions she leaves the house for more than that. There are around 250,000 people in the UK who have ME some of which are young children and teenagers, there is no cure although there is a better chance of children recovering but not all. ME/CFS does not get anywhere near as much funding for research as other illnesses but it is very dibilitating and has a massive impact on the lives of sufferers and their families. Katie and her friends raised over £2000 for our local ME charity last year and this year I felt it was my turn to do something for ME. I will be doing a 10 mile 'Walk for ME 2016' to raise funds for IiME, it would be great if you could support us and help us find a cure for this awful illness. Thank you for taking the time to read Katie's story.
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