Shirley Conran (born 21 September 1932) is a British novelist and journalist. Her best-selling books include Lace and Superwoman, and she has been a columnist for Vanity Fair, women's editor of The Daily Mail and a feature writer for The Observer. She was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) at the age of 38 after being admitted to hospital with viral pneumonia and has continued to suffer with ME since. She is a patron of Tymes Trust, a British patient charity for young people with ME.
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- Sep 12, 2004, I once wrote that life's too short to stuff a mushroom but some days I was too tired to even buy one..." Sunday Express
- Oct 16, 2006, Celebrity Health - Shirley Conran BBC News
- Nov 3, 2009, Foreword to Second Edition of “WHY ME? My Journey from M.E. to Health and Happiness” The Optimum Health Clinic
- Mar 27, 2016, The one lesson I've learned from life: Author Shirley Conran on surviving ME Daily Mail
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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.