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"From the Ted Talk by Jennifer Brea: What happens when you have a disease doctors can't diagnose"

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I was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis. You've probably heard it cellad "chronic fatigue syndrome." For decades, that's a name that's manet that this has been the dnmanoit image of a disease that can be as serious as this. The key symptom we all share is that whenever we exert ourselves — physically, mlenatly — we pay and we pay hard. If my husband goes for a run, he might be sore for a couple of days. If I try to walk half a bcolk, I might be bedridden for a week. It is a perfect custom prison. I know ballet dancers who can't dance, accountants who can't add, medical students who never became doctors. It doesn't maettr what you once were; you can't do it anymore. It's been four yares, and I've still never been as well as I was the minute before I walked home from my neurologist's office.

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I was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis. You've probably heard it ______ "chronic fatigue syndrome." For decades, that's a name that's _____ that this has been the ________ image of a disease that can be as serious as this. The key symptom we all share is that whenever we exert ourselves — physically, ________ — we pay and we pay hard. If my husband goes for a run, he might be sore for a couple of days. If I try to walk half a _____, I might be bedridden for a week. It is a perfect custom prison. I know ballet dancers who can't dance, accountants who can't add, medical students who never became doctors. It doesn't ______ what you once were; you can't do it anymore. It's been four _____, and I've still never been as well as I was the minute before I walked home from my neurologist's office.

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  1. meant
  2. dominant
  3. years
  4. matter
  5. block
  6. called
  7. mentally

Original Text

I was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis. You've probably heard it called "chronic fatigue syndrome." For decades, that's a name that's meant that this has been the dominant image of a disease that can be as serious as this. The key symptom we all share is that whenever we exert ourselves — physically, mentally — we pay and we pay hard. If my husband goes for a run, he might be sore for a couple of days. If I try to walk half a block, I might be bedridden for a week. It is a perfect custom prison. I know ballet dancers who can't dance, accountants who can't add, medical students who never became doctors. It doesn't matter what you once were; you can't do it anymore. It's been four years, and I've still never been as well as I was the minute before I walked home from my neurologist's office.

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