Ali Smith

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Ali Smith is a Scottish author, playwright, and novelist whose works include How to Be Both,[1]Autumn, Artful, Girl meets Boy, and The First Person and Other Stories.[2]

Ali was born in 1962 in Inverness. She studied for her degree at the University of Aberdeen. She completed her PhD "on the importance of the ordinary in modernist literature" in Cambridge. Smith taught in Glasgow, at the University of Strathclyde, for a couple of years, but disliked teaching.[3][1]

She is openly gay and lives with her partner, the film-maker Sarah Wood, in Cambridge. While recovering from CFS, she began to write.[3][1]

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"[At] the age of 27, she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, from which it took her many months to recover."[4] “I got quite ill; I had a bout of chronic fatigue syndrome. It was like I'd hit a wall, so I waited quietly to see what would happen next. I had it very lightly – people have it much more harshly than I had it - but the 'lightly' I had it was horrible. I was pretty out of it for a year and a half.” About cycling, she stated: “For me it was fantastically practically useful, because Cambridge is flat. If you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome it's quite hard to walk, but cycling is easier because it uses one third of the amount of energy that walking does. All of a sudden I was mobile again and it was just blessed relief.”[1]

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chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

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