Martine McCutcheon is a UK actress, singer and TV personality who lives with ME and secondary depression. She speaks candidly about her battle with these diseases, especially the seven to eight years when the ME was severe, and the impact on her personal well-being as well as career and finances. Work opportunities dried up because as she stated, she "kept collapsing on set." She ended up declaring bankruptcy.
In a 2016 TV interview, she spoke of becoming ill after several infections, the need to pace her activities, and being so ill she couldn't bathe, wash her hair or lift the remote. She could barely walk six feet to look out the window and used a wheelchair for a short time. She spoke about getting depression secondary to her ME: "[I suffered depression but] not before the ME ... which I think is a separate thing because anybody with a chronic illness for a long period a time would get down and get depressed ...and I think that I had depression as well, as a separate thing." She, also, spoke about believing the hormonal changes of pregnancy helped: "It was kind of like a reset. Don't get me wrong, I still have to manage it [ME], like you do with a lot of chronic illnesses."
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- 2013, I Lost My Money My Health and My Career
- 2013, 'Life felt like hell every day': Martine McCutcheon opens up about the seven years she suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and depression
- 2013, 'I lost all my muscle tone': Martine McCutcheon opens up about how she regained her figure after battling ME, "Daily Mail"
- 2016, Martine McCutcheon Opens Up About Her Battle With ME And Depression on TV show, Loose Women
- 2018, Martine McCutcheon: From ME, Lyme disease, bankruptcy and miscarriage to finally finding joy
- Martine McCutcheon talks to Alan Titchmarsh about ME CFS and how it affected her life and the Lightning Process
References[edit | edit source]
- Martine opens up about depression - UTV - 9/22/2013
- Martine McCutcheon talks to Alan Titchmarsh about ME/CFS and how it affected her life and the Lightning Process - Youtube
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.