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About Russell Logan

I’ve struggled with ME for 25 years, with symptoms which include immune irregularities, physical weakness, post-exertional fatigue, cognitive dysfunctions, memory loss and orthostatic intolerance.

Physical, mental or psychological stressors can severely exacerbate these symptoms.

I have difficulty standing or sitting upright for more than 20 minutes or so and need extreme sensory isolation to recover. That means no noise, light or temperature extremes.

It’s a common enough story.

I was fortunate enough to complete university and I had a promising career in marketing when I got sick. A few years later I kickstarted another career in publishing, working from home. And when that became too much, I ended up working a few hours a week as a dishy in a restaurant.

Before coming down with ME I was socially and physically active – I ran ten kilometers a week and swam five.

Then in 1990 I contracted a fever-like illness and never recovered.

Although ME is common, it is diagnosed somewhat vaguely as a checklist of symptoms, so that it has become little more than a waste-basket diagnosis for chronic illness. Treatment, even of individual symptoms, is almost non-existent.

Research into ME is poorly funded and obfuscated by commercial interests. Public perceptions of the illness are ill-informed and mainly negative, even within the medical community, so that sufferers must deal with institutionalized ridicule and abuse, in addition to their illness.

Call it a form of self-therapy, but I began this blog with the hope of challenging those poor perceptions and, perhaps, along the way helping others still coming to terms with their illness.

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Written by Russell Logan

Russell Logan worked as a magazine publisher and editor until forced into early retirement through ill health with ME. He has battled with moderate to severe ME for 25 years. He now lives in Noosaville, Australia.

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  1. Russell, Just found your blog a few days ago and it already has become my favorite. Just wanted to give a “shoutout’ to you and the amazing job you are doing.

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