Joan McParland

Patient Leader

I developed sudden onset Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in Oct 1999. I was previously very fit, healthy, I lost my career, social life and ability to care for myself. My symptoms consist of extreme nausea, dizziness, bouts of shivering then sweating, noise and light intolerance, transient paralysis and a brain that no longer functions properly. I was completely bed-bound for the next 7years. A gradual improvement over the next 5 years allowed me to form a patient charity in 2011. 18 year on, I remain 80% bed/housebound with severely restricted energy levels but with the help of today's technology, I will continue to 'fight' for the truth and the answers for myself, and for all patients


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Joan has done great work in Northern Ireland helping to organise regular meetings, conferences including with international speakers, media coverage, awareness-raising activities, fund-raising (for initiatives in NI and also research), etc. She has done all this despite being quite ill herself.

Joan McParland

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