One Woman's Story: Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Lindsey McGrathAt least 1 million Americans are living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). ME/CFS strikes more people in the United States than multiple sclerosis, lupus, and many forms of cancer, and anyone can develop it. However, ME/CFS is four times more likely to occur in women than in men.

ME/CFS is a complex condition with varied symptoms, such as difficulty focusing, continual muscle pain, sore throat, and extreme fatigue or sickness after physical or mental exertion. While symptoms may not be visible to others, they can seriously impact a person's quality of life.

ME/CFS affects each person differently. Some people lead fairly active lives, while others struggle with everyday activities like having a conversation or reading the newspaper.

We spoke with Lindsey McGrath, a woman who has been living with ME/CFS for a number of years. Despite the limitations Lindsey faces, she understands the importance of finding joy and fulfillment in life.

I encourage you to read our full interview with Lindsey. She describes the symptoms of ME/CFS, discusses how her diagnosis changed her life, and shares advice for others who are living with ME/CFS.

If you or someone you love is living with ME/CFS, visit the CDC's chronic fatigue syndrome website to learn more about this condition, to find resources, and to understand what research is being done around ME/CFS.