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Life with ME/CFS | Rugby league captain Richie Barnett [Chronic Fatigue | SEID | ME]

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Published on Jul 25, 2015

Richie Barnett had a distinguished career in Rugby League, which included captaining the New Zealand team in the 2000 World Cup. Richie retired due to ME/CFS but has nearly recovered to full health since.

"I’ve been through some pretty horrific accidents in my life,” says Richie Barnett, former rugby league star and one-time Kiwi captain, recalling in particular the devastating on-field headbutt in 2000 that resulted in 10 plates being inserted into his face. “It was one of the most difficult and painful things I’ve been through, a complete facial reconstruction. “But I would rather go through that again than go through ME[CFS]. Hands down" - New Zealand Listener, 2012

Richie talks about what it's like to live with ME/CFS.

Keywords: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Post-viral fatigue, SEID

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