Managing ME CFS
A Guide for Young People
Foreword by Richie Barnett
If you are a young person who has just been diagnosed with ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (that’s CFS), and even if you’ve had this condition for while, you will find a sympathetic voice in this book. Dr Vallings is a very experienced medical doctor and she has spent much of her career helping people with ME/CFS. She explains this complicated illness in a way that is easy to understand. The book is full of great suggestions for managing everyday tasks and working through the ups and downs of the illness, and there are lots of tips on how to create the best chance of recovery. Dr Vallings has even included stories from young people who are managing this illness. Her message to young people is to learn as much as you can about ME/CFS and to actively take charge of your health. As she says, ‘Only you know how you really feel.’ Anyone caring for a young person with ME/CFS will also find this book useful.
Dr Rosamund Vallings is a leading specialist in ME/CFS and has been helping those with this condition for more than 40 years. Her book Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Management has helped thousands of people around the world. In 2008 she was awarded Membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
'The young reader and their family should find great comfort from Dr Vallings' depth of knowledge, sound medical advice and understanding. Her compassion threads throughout this guide.' Chris Hunter, AM, Alison Hunter Memorial Foundation, Australia
'A down-to-earth blend of up-to-date medical knowledge and the wisdom of a very experienced clinician.' Alan Gurwitt, MD, Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME and FM Association, USA
'As a leading authority on ME/CFS, Dr Rosamund Vallings has written a master class on the illness with this book. Essential reading for all young people with ME/CFS.' Dr Ken Jolly, Medical Advisor ANZMES, New Zealand
'I really enjoyed reading Dr Vallings' new book. Her explanations are straightforward and easy to read. She clearly advocates that young people actively participate in their treatment and recovery, which is important to our young patients.' Charles W. Lapp, MD, Founder Hunter-Hopkins Center, USA
'This book is full of excellent, practical advice about how to navigate the ups and downs of this complex illness.' Peter Rowe, MD, Director, CFS Clinic, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, USA
'This book should prove very helpful to young sufferers of this mysterious and debilitating condition. Dr Vallings draws on her wide experience, and makes her message very accessible to young readers.' Dr Nigel Speight, Paediatrician and ME Advocate, UK
'Dr Vallings strikes a great balance between validation and hope. This book is a significant contribution to the field.' Eleanor Stein, MD FRCP(C), Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Calgary, Canada
'Every young ME/CFS sufferer will benefit from having this book - it is supportive, provides hope for a better future, but still retains a realistic integrity in providing advice for how the most debilitating symptoms can be mitigated.' Professor Warren Tate, FRSNZ, CNZM, University of Otago, New Zealand