Katie Flynn (Judy Saxton, born 1936) is a British author of over 90 historical and romantic fiction novels. Born in Norwich, she now resides in Wrexham. She was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in 1996. She is a patron for the Shropshire ME Group.
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Katie Flynn experienced a period of debilitating shingles in 1995, shortly followed by a bout of suspected influenza from which she never recovered. She was diagnosed with first postviral fatigue syndrome, and then myalgic encephalomyelitis by her doctor in 1996. She was initially bedbound and developed poor focus in her eyes which inhibited her work, amongst other symptoms such as pins and needles, eye pain, excessive sweating, headaches, myalgia, sleep disturbances and depression. As her mobility was greatly reduced, she began to use a wheelchair. She was able to continue working on her books in a reduced capacity until 1999, when a car crash worsened her condition. Since then, she has employed the services of a secretary to whom she has dictated her books. Although she is still able to work most mornings dictating her stories, she has to rest every afternoon to recover. Despite trying various alternative therapies and medications over the years, her health has not improved since her diagnosis.
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- 3 Jul 2006, True story of a defiant author Daily Post
- 21 Nov 2006, Aide helps top author write again BBC News
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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.