Gary Burgess: How I've learnt to live with an invisible illness

"Imagine your worst hangover combined with the flu permanently" - Gary Burgess. Credit: ITV Channel TV

"Imagine your worst hangover combined with the flu permanently".

That is our how ITV Channel TV reporter [Gary Burgess](http://Until I had it myself I didn) has described living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

ME, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, is a medical condition characterised by long-term fatigue and other persistent symptoms that limit a person's ability to carry out ordinary daily activities.

Gary was in the middle of a live news broadcast when he had what he described as an "out-of-body experience". Following this, he says his body came to a crashing halt.

He went to see his GP assuming he would be signed off work for a few weeks, but this led to almost two years.

Being diagnosed with ME was like a grieving process, grieving for the old me. Until I had it myself I didn't quite understand what a hidden disability is and how all-encompassing these symptoms are because you simply can't see them.

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Since his diagnosis, Gary has set up an online support network called "Zonked Club", which aims to offer support for people with fatigue-linked illnesses.