Life Before ME / CFS: From Exciting Opportunity to Limited Capacity.
My name is Elisabeth. I am 39 years old and became ill with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) 16 years ago. Since 2018 I have been working as a voluntary translator (English-German) for OMF. I heard about the great work they do on social media through a friend. Fortunately the OMF tailors work for volunteers who are sick so that we can still make a contribution, however small.
My life looked very different before I became ill. I studied Egyptian Archaeology in London and went on excavations. I trained in Aikido and had an active social life with clubbing and going to concerts. Also, I was a real bookworm. These are all things that I cannot do anymore, or only in a very limited capacity.
I had finished my studies and was working at the British Museum, which had always been my dream, when I became ill. I would especially love to go on an excavation again, to travel the world and read many books! (Audio books aren’t really the same!)
The OMF really gives me hope with the research they do. We desperately need a blood test to be able to identify ME / CFS. OMF’s work towards the diagnostic test has been very promising. Funding for ME / CFS research has sadly always been meek, yet it is so desperately needed!
Please support the May Momentum campaign at: www.omf.ngo/MayMomentum Let’s #endMECFS together! Thank you very much for your help!