What Happens When You Have A Disease Doctors Can’t Diagnose?

One night, when she was a PhD student at Harvard, Jennifer Brea found she couldn’t write her own name. She became progressively ill with what doctors finally determined was myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities and on bad days makes even the rustling of bed sheets unbearable.

In this Ted Talk, Brea describes the challenges she encountered in seeking treatment for her condition – and her mission to document through film the lives of patients that medicine struggles to treat.

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