I will be blogging my review of this book in the coming months. x
The State of Me by Nasim Marie Jafry is an interesting look at the debilitating illness, ME (Myalgic encephalomyelitis). The narrator, Helen, is struck down with a mystery virus during her student year out in France. Exhausted and sick she comes back to her home in Scotland, where she undergoes extensive tests, and faces scepticism from her G.P. Thankfully her family are supportive and Helen is eventually diagnosed with the coxsackie virus. However, the virus has kick-started ME, a condition that means Helen’s muscles do not produce energy as they should.
When Helen is finally given a proper diagnosis by her doctor, Myra, she is understandably relieved, but she is also triumphant that at last she has been proven right. She is genuinely ill, and she is not an attention-seeking fantasist:
If that locum hadn’t come out to see me, you’d never have done viral studies and you wouldn’t believe…
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