54 minutes | Oct 4, 2020

[Chronic illness] In sickness and in health? Asking for a mate

Bill's partner, Inga, was diagnosed 6 years ago with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). ME/CFS is a chronic illness characterised by profound fatigue, sleep abnormalities, pain and other symptoms that are made worse by exertion. Bill joined us on ASING FOR A MATE to share what it means to live with someone who has a chronic illness. He shares how it has changed their day-to-day lives but also how it continuously challenges their relationships and pushes them to be better partners 👫🏼 💒 "For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health" is the most well-known saying about relationships but we rarely think about what would actually happen if one were to become sick. Ultimately, this episode is about relationships, being a considerate partner and supporting one another during difficult times. I'm sure that Bill's wisdom, dedication and capacity to put everything in perspective will be a source of inspiration for many. Enjoy this great conversation with Bill 🎧 More about ME/CFS ___________ ME is not an uncommon disease but not much research is currently being done and I am glad that this podcast is going to help shine some lights on this condition. If you would like to find out more about ME/CFS, you can check out https://www.emerge.org.au/what-is-mecfs. If you would like to take action and help support the research, you can donate to the Open Medicine Foundation: https://www.omf.ngo. Netflix Documentary - 'Unrest' - https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80168300 More about Bill & Inga ___________ Bill is an amazing live drawing artist and illustrator, you can check out his work on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/billhope_art/ Inga, Bill's partner, is working on a paper stop motion animation about what life's like for someone living with ME/CFS. You can follow her project on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anexistenceproject/
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