The ME CFS Foundation South Africa NPO is raising awareness of the illness ME/CFS; creating a network of medical practitioners; assisting those affected by the illness comprehensively and contributing to local and international research.
Retha Viviers – Co-Founder of the ME CFS FoundationSouth Africa
I fell ill with ME/CFS at the age of 36 and have been ill for 14 years now. My condition deteriorated over the years and I am now mostly house bound. The one part of ME/CFS is that your body doesn't make energy the way it should. Therefore, it is like an old cellphone with a very poor battery which needs to be charged fairly often and while it is charged the phone can't be used. I can function for 2 - 3 hours and then need to recharge lying down with no stimuli for an hour or two plus, depending on how I ill I am on that day. Starting a Facebook support group four years ago, made me aware of the dire need of so many others and realised something had to be done in South Africa. Consequently I co-founded the Foundation; it has empowered me and I cannot describe the immense satisfaction we get when we reach another sufferer.
We’re making a huge difference in the lives of many patients and with your help can continue doing so and help many more! Patients live isolated and debilitating lives.
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