Heden ik (Today I) is a book by Renate Dorrestein.
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The writer was affected a few years ago by the chronic illness myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). The main symptoms of this disease, for which there is currently little medical knowledge, are abnormal muscle weakness, great exhaustion at even the slightest physical exercise and concentration and memory loss.
In "Today I" the writer describes - after initially having the severity of her illness denied - her journey with various doctors and quacks, with their multitude of therapies and medications and the lack of understanding for her disease. But above all it is the story of the daily fight that the successful writer waged against her illness. Despite the seriousness of the subject, the book is written with humor and laughter.
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myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.