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Kay Gilderdale On Woman’s Hour Tomorrow

April 13, 2011

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  1. April 13, 2011 5:04 pm

    I do hope they will let her talk about a bit more than that. I know a few people who knew Lynn and some of them were disappointed with the content of her interviews last year. Some of them want people to know about Lynn as a person, who was much more than just her ME and certainly much more than a suicide. (Oh, did I mention that Lynn Gilderdale’s illness was ME? Was I not meant to, as it wasn’t in the BBC’s tweet?) Some of them want to see some awareness raised about the illness itself and how it affects people generally, not just Lynn’s unusual complications and her suicide.

    I’m reading Kay’s book right now, and it really does give an insight into the dismissive attitudes of many doctors at the time — some of them told Lynn’s parents again and again that they could cure her, but did nothing for her. I get the impression that they had seen milder cases of ME in the past but nothing that severe. In the early to mid 1990s several young women went down with severe ME very quickly and have remained severely affected ever since (and of those, Lynn was by far the sickest), and I have heard of no similar stories from before 1990, so perhaps this really was a new form of ME.


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