Henrietta's page for young people
Did you know that there are 25,000 children and young people in the country suffering from CFS/ME? Some are in bed day after day, and cannot stand sunlight and noise. Seeing their friends can be too exhausting. Others just cannot get to school, and some manage school but are then too tired to have any social life.
However, there is research going on in lots of countries to try to conquer CFS/ME. The hunt is on for a diagnosis of the disease. This means that doctors would be able to tell whether you really have CFS/ME, or something a bit different. If we have a really good ‘diagnostic test’, then scientists can really research a cure.
You may ask ‘what is a gene?’. Well, your genes lurk deep inside the cells of your body. They are linked together like beads on a necklace, forming 46 threadlike structures called chromosomes. The genes carry the programme that triggers life.
But, what is ‘gene expression’? Well, if you are attacked by an infection, some genes get really active, just like a mad toddler at a party, and others go to sleep. It’s the active genes that cause all the problems, they go crazy and produce chemicals that make you feel ill. These are what the doctors call ‘symptoms’.
Keep your eyes peeled for more information which we will put up here as soon as we have it.