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At the age of eighteen, Hazel Stapleton suddenly went from being a healthy, active teenager who had just embarked on a career in nursing, to being chronically ill, with numerous serious health complications developing over the subsequent years, leaving her house-bound and now mainly bed-bound. Since her diagnosis with the neuroimmune disorder ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), Hazel has realized that many people are unaware of the impact and serious nature of this illness, which is often portrayed as a psychological problem. In this book, through telling of her own experiences of ME, she seeks to raise awareness about this devastating condition and the effects it has on people’s lives.
Hazel Stapleton is originally from North Somerset. She was diagnosed with ME in 1991. Since then her health has deteriorated, and she is now house-bound and most of the time bed-bound. Hazel lives with her parents in County Down, Northern Ireland.