'I'd Rather Have Cancer,' Says Teenager With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Alex Wilson-Glab has barely been out of bed in 10 years and dreams of a good night's sleep.

She is so tired some days that she can't sit up, eat or leave the house and lives nearly every day in her twin-size bed in her small Brunswick, Australia bedroom.

"I stay in bed. I can't study any more and I can't even celebrate my birthday any more," said Alex, 18. "I haven't had a birthday since I was 13. After a shower I need to lie down for 45 minutes and for things like brushing my hair and doing my teeth I need to lie down again for 20 minutes."

Alex contracted glandular fever in the third grade and has suffered the affects of chronic fatigue syndrome ever since.

"I really wish I had cancer because then they could give me some form of prognosis," she said."People would sympathize, people would care and people wouldn't tell you to shut up because they don't care about your disability.”

Alex's condition means she suffers from muscle pain, fevers, chills, nausea, and severe fatigue.

Alex wants to raise awareness about CFS, which was once known as the "yuppie flu," saying it is a real medical condition and not a psychological disorder.

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