At last, I have discovered the secret of Emily's 14 lost years, by Esther Rantzen
By ESTHER RANTZEN, 12th February 2011:
You can never be happier than your least happy child, they say, and it's true. In our family, for 14 desperate years, our least happy child was my eldest, Emily, who became ill with ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) and then seriously disabled.
It struck her down when she was 14, after an attack of glandular fever. She never fully recovered from the illness and we watched helplessly as she struggled with chronic fatigue which, like a sticky web, slowly paralysed her.
In the end she was imprisoned - bed-bound, lying in a darkened room, unable to read, write or even to speak. Read more>>