BBC Radio Leicester, 3 February 2010 (Interviews by Julie Mayer and Tony Wadsworth)
A woman who has spent the last 14 years in bed after developing ME when she was teenager was interviewed by Julie Mayer on the BBC Radio Leicester mid-morning programme on Wednesday February 3. At times, Amy Bakewell felt so ill that even her mother’s voice caused excruciating pain.
The interview can be heard again on BBC iPlayer until just before 10am next Wednesday by clicking on this link.
Dr Charles Shepherd, medical adviser to the ME Association, also talked to programme presenter Tony Wadsworth about NHS services that may and certainly should be available to severe sufferers, like 31-year-old Amy, and the point at which a post viral fatigue might tip over into full-blown ME.
When you have clicked on the BBC iPlayer link, move the button on the time bar to 1:07:15 for the start of the interviews with Amy and her mother. The discussion continues until 1:20:50. There is a brief break between the two sections for a BBC trailer about its World History series.
And BBC Radio Leicester broadcast journalist Rebecca Bryers has written up Amy’s story for a piece called ‘Woman is bedridden in the dark with ME for 14 years’ which can be read here.
This story will stay in place after the ‘Listen Again’ facility is no longer available.