Illness narratives usually have startling beginnings—the fall at the supermarket, the lump discovered in the abdomen, the doctor’s call. Not mine. I got sick the way Hemingway says you go broke: “gradually and then suddenly.”
A story of auto-immune disease that could easily be one about ME/CFS and any one of the related conditions. Meghan O’Rourke tells of how she comes to terms with a chronic illness.