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