When I was 13, I sat in a meeting with the head of year at my school, who told me that I wouldn’t be taking any GCSE exams. The reason? I live with a neurological disease – myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
I didn’t take no for an answer, and I’m now at the University of Kent studying history and philosophy of art.
ME is much misunderstood, but it basically means that you’re always tired, no matter how much you sleep or rest. That’s because the body’s cells don’t produce energy to make biological processes happen at a normal rate, according to research.