Julie Rehmeyer is author of the book Through the Shadowlands: A Science Writer’s Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn’t Understand. Both journalist and patient, she takes us through the confusion, pain, and sometimes humor–as well as the science–of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a disease that Western medicine has not yet fully grasped. We meet subcultures of people who are taking on this disease on their own and doctors who are in denial that it’s even real. The book is a window into the life of a woman finding a path out of the worst of the illness, and, one can hope, inspiring researchers to take it seriously.
This program aired on KUNM Public Radio on May 17, 2017