“Anna’s Identity”: When Nobody Believes You’re Really Ill

Anna became ill with ME/CFS when she was 4 or 5 years old. But for the next 30 years she was left to wonder privately what was wrong with her, because no one believed she was really sick.

Anna learned not to complain, pushed through, and covered – until finally when doctors decided something was wrong, she denied it. This ME/CFS case study by Dr. Bell explains the harm that disbelief causes, and the strength it takes to believe in yourself.

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