Science journalist Julie Rehmeyer was so sick she sometimes couldn’t turn over in bed.
The top specialists in the world were powerless to help, and scientific research on her disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), was at a near standstill. She was running out of money. And she was all alone, with no one to care for her. Through the Shadowlands: A Science Writer’s Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn’t Understand (Rodale, 2017 ) is the incredible story of how Julie Rehmeyer, 44, used her scientific savvy and investigative journalism skills to find a path to recovery from a devastating case of chronic fatigue syndrome. Julie Rehmeyer : Some patients know the exact hour they became ill, when it started with a flu-like illness, but mine came on gradually. I found that I was exhausted all the time — to the point that I found myself trailing my hand along walls because I was afraid I might pass out — but in retrospect, the more alarming thing was that exercise made me feel worse. That’s actually the hallmark symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome, not fatigue at all. But for a good seven years, […]