Chronic Illnesses of Millions of Women Left Untreated
Cosmopolitan magazine today published a stark and disturbing article about one woman’s fate in the hands of modern medical treatment-givers. Here’s the link to the distressing article: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a12779054/what-is-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/.
Brea was eventually diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in the United States. No longer able to read and write, she began an iPhone video diary to document her experience.
Her documentary, “Unrest,” which is out now in select theaters and will be on iTunes next month, features that footage, along with interviews with other severely ill ME/CFS patients, which Brea conducted from her bed via Skype. It provides a harrowing look at what it’s like to live with this one poorly understood, incurable disease that’s estimated to affect about 800,000 to 2.5 million Americans.
Many women also suffer from other invisible chronic diseases — from fibromyalgia to vulvodynia to interstitial cystitis to migraine — that have historically been seen as psychosomatic and remain poorly understood.