Don't suffer alone with ME

21st April 2000 at 01:00
YOUR article on children who develop ME after the transfer to secondary school (TES, March 10) failed to mention the plight of the many teachers who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome.

Research shows that the teaching profession has one of the highest number of people affected by this devastating illness.

The condition is a much misunderstood illness which produced a wide range of painful and debilitating symptoms. Many teachers will have developed this illness through being in the profession; either through repeated exposure to theviruses in any classroom or through the effects of constant long-term stress at work. Many teachers also have to contend with unsympathetic and often hostile colleagues. These teachers need support and understanding.

I have suffered from ME for four years, I am unable to work and know the feelings of despair that accompany this illness. I have set up a nationwide support network for teachers and I can be contacted by email at or by post.

Lisa Falshaw

36 St James Street

Wetherby, West Yorkshire

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