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3/26/02.CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME--Monica Meyer, 53, remembers the beginning of her chronic illness a decade ago as a time of overwhelming stress. She had just been through a nasty divorce and was raising two children while holding down a full-time job as a systems analyst. She landed in the emergency room with a serious bladder infection. As she tells it, she never got well again. Upon returning to work, Meyer felt so weak after an hour that she could not stand up. Her coworkers had to carry her out of the office. Raising a teacup to her mouth felt like such an enormous effort, she recalls, that her mother had to hand-feed her during a lengthy convalescence. Friends describe the Marin County, Calif., resident as a vivacious and energetic woman before her illness. But for the past ten years, Meyer has been living on disability, unable to work..CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY PHOTO BY SCOTT J. FERRELL

3/26/02.CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME--Monica Meyer, 53, remembers the beginning of her chronic illness a decade ago as a time of overwhelming stress. She had just been through a nasty divorce and was raising two children while holding down a full-time job as a systems analyst. She landed in the emergency room with a serious bladder infection. As she tells it, she never got well again. Upon returning to work, Meyer felt so weak after an hour that she could not stand up. Her coworkers had to carry...
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