Five years ago, TED Fellow Jennifer Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities. In this poignant talk, Brea describes the obstacles she's encountered in seeking treatment for her condition, whose root causes and physical effects we don't fully understand..
"These Xenon SPECT scans show pathological brain changes in a 37 year-old female M.E. patient. They show abnormally decreased brain perfusion (blood flow) which decreases further after exercise. In contrast, a healthy person’s brain would normally show an increase in brain perfusion (blood flow) after exercise."
collection of quotes about the illness, mainly from researchers and clinicians who study and treat me/cfs but also from patients as well. (depressing but good collection. guess which one made me cry?) (rhetorical q)