For Cal High Alumnus and Stanford student Tom Camenzind, life has approached a standstill as the result of the disease M.E./C.F.S.
M.E./C.F.S. affects no less than one to two million people in the U.S. The term itself, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, carries a provoking explanation: neuro inflammation of the brain and the spine. Individuals with the disease find the most effortless actions, such as walking, talking, or even concentrating, to be strenuous. Furthermore, due to cognitive impairment, they find it problematic to participate in any sort of lifestyle activity that requires even marginal amounts of comprehension.
“With M.E., I would say you tend to have brain fog where it’s very difficult to think and you have a lack of energy in general,” said Mark Camenzind, Tom’s father.