Long term health conditions

Rollo - Interview 11

Male
Age at interview: 23
Age at diagnosis: 15

Brief outline: Rollo thinks that what triggered his ME/CFS was an overdose of vaccinations that he had received at school prior to travelling to Asia. Following this he started having joint pains and became very emotional. He was diagnosed with ME/CFS by an 'alternative practitioner' a few years after getting ill. Says that ME/CFS affects different people in different ways and that doctors should learn to recognise that.

Background: Rollo is a university student and has been living with ME/CFS since the age of fifteen. During term-time he lives in a shared household with other students but he regularly goes back home to see his parents. Ethnic background/nationality' White British.

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Rollo has been living with ME for the last eight years. It started when he was away at school. He thinks that what affected his immune system was an overdose of vaccinations that he had received at school prior to travelling to Asia. Following this, he started to have joint pains and became very emotional. He remembers that he cried a lot at the time. 

He was tested for several conditions like diabetes, glandular fever and leukaemia but they all proved negative. During that early period no one knew what was wrong with him. Rollo was diagnosed with ME by an 'alternative practitioner' a few years after getting ill. 

His parents encouraged him to continue with his education. He studied at home for his GCSE's and went back to school to take his A-levels. He is grateful to his parents for all their support and motivation. Although he found it difficult at times, he finished with good grades and was able to apply to the university of his choice

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