List of famous people with ME, CFS, and/or FMS

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The following is a chart of famous people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and/or fibromyalgia (FMS). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes ME/CFS as a "disabling and complex disease"[1] and fibromyalgia "can cause pain, disability, and lower quality of life."[2]

Name Occupation Nationality
Michelle Akers Footballer American
Jonathan Ansell Singer British
Paul Atherton TV & Film director, producer British
Ann Bannon Author American
Richie Barnett Rugby league footballer New Zealander
Glenn Beck Television and radio host, conservative political commentator American
Vicky Beeching TV presenter, writer British
Toni Bernhard Author American
Emma Blackery YouTube vlogger, singer-songwriter British
Susan Blackmore Parapsychologist, lecturer, author, sceptic British
Nicola Blackwood Politician British
Howard Bloom Music publicist, author American
Olaf Bodden Footballer German
Brenton Brown Christian musician South African-American
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Poet British
Joe Burns[3] Cricket player Australian
Rich Carson Businessman American
Ricky Carmichael Motocross racer American
Frank Carrone Italian/American crime family American
Cher Singer American
Kittredge Cherry Author, priest American
Mama Chill Rap artist British
Pema Chödrön Nun American
Roger Cicero Jazz singer German
Susanna Clarke Author British
Tom Clarke Politician British
Neil Codling Musician, singer-songwriter, keyboardist for Suede British
Shirley Conran Novelist, journalist British
Yvette Cooper Politician British
Silvia Corzo Lawyer and journalist Colombian
Michael Crawford Actor, comedian, singer British
Marie Curie Scientist Polish-French
Charles Darwin Naturalist and geologist British
Dennis DeYoung Singer American
Oriah Mountain Dreamer Author, poet Canadian
Renate Dorrestein Writer, journalist and feminist Dutch
Laura Dundovic Miss Universe Australia 2008 Australian
Blake Edwards Film director, screenwriter, producer American
Cristina Ponce Enrile Ambassador to the Vatican Filipino
Morgan Fairchild Actress, advocate for Solve ME/CFS Initiative American
K.C. Finn Writer, author of M.E., Myself and I British
Flea (Michael Balzary) Bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, musician, songwriter, actor Australian-American
Katie Flynn (Judy Saxton) Author, patron of Shropshire ME Group British
Linley Frame Swimmer Australian
Clare Francis Yachtswoman British
Ian Freeman MMA fighter British
Luke Ford Journalist Australian-American
Billy Garton Footballer British
Derek Graham Athlete British
Johanna Griggs Swimmer Australian
Susan Harris Television comedy writer and producer American
Leigh Hatcher Journalist Australian
Anna Hemmings Marathon canoeist British
Laura Hillenbrand Author American
Jens Höing Racing driver German
Andy Hunt Footballer British
Rae Ingram Footballer British
Keith Jarrett Composer, pianist American
Maren Jensen Actress American
Brynmor John Politician British
Claire Jones Harpist British (Welsh)
Rachel Jordan Artist British
Roger King Writer, author of Love and Fatigue in America British
Baker Knight Songwriter American
Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) Singer American
Katherine Lawrence Author American
Alan W. Lear Author British (Scottish)
Martin Lev Child actor, patron for Action for ME British
Bobby Lounge Singer American
Alastair Lynch Footballer Australian
Amos Mansdorf Tennis player Israeli
Margaret of Mar, 31st Countess of Mar Countess, House of Lords peer, founder of Forward-ME, co-chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, patron of Tymes Trust British
Peter Marshall Squash player British
Michael Mayne Priest (Church of England), Dean of Westminster British
Martine McCutcheon Actress, singer, TV personality British
James McDonald Footballer Australian
Brooks Mileson Business British
Nicolai Misje Footballer Norwegian
Sabine Moussier Actress German-Mexican
Stuart Murdoch Singer, songwriter British (Scottish)
Anita Nall Swimmer American
Nadine Neumann Swimmer Australian
Randy Newman Singer, Songwriter, Musician American
Matthew Nicholson Cricketer Australian
Stevie Nicks Singer, songwriter American
Florence Nightingale Nurse British
Andrew Oldcorn Golfer British
Leila Pahlavi Iranian Princess Iranian
Kevin Parker Footballer British
Henry Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland British Duke British
Amy Peterson Skater American
Martin Phillips Footballer British
David Provan Footballer British (Scottish)
David Puttnam Filmmaker, patron of Action for ME British
Joanna Russ Author, academic, radical feminist American
John Rutter Classical composer and conductor British
Miriam Defensor Santiago Politician Filipino
Rhyce Shaw Footballer Australian
Ali Smith Author British (Scottish)
Robin Söderling Tennis player Swedish
Casey Stoner Motorcycle racer, former MotoGP world champion Australian
Shelley Taylor-Smith Swimmer Australian
Paul Tomkins Author British
Monica Törnell Singer Swedish
Brian Vastag Journalist American
Laurie Walker Artist Canadian
Naomi Weisstein Neuroscientist American
Pamela Weston Musician British
Ken Wilber Author American

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a U.S. government agency dedicated to epidemiology and public health. It operates under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The information provided at this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.
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