diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, onset of multiple chemical sensitivities
Seven months after returning to Alberta from Vancouver for work, my energy, immunity, and cognitive function tanked. I took a short-term leave from work, thinking extra rest would make everything better.
June 2015, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and needed my parents' care. Rest did not revitalize my body. A short-term leave turned into long-term disability.
I went from living an active life and working to having difficulty walking around the block, preparing meals, and communicating. Chronic fatigue syndrome is an illness with symptoms well beyond fatigue, affecting one’s immunity, concentration, memory, balance, sleep, and muscles, not to mention one’s social life.
During this time I developed sensitivities to chemicals, electromagnetic fields, and food. My body started over-reacting to a host of environmental triggers. I wore a mask to protect me from chemicals and was quite isolated.