Lynn Gilderdale Tribute

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Lynn was young, beautiful, loving and caring.

At the age of 14yrs she was struck down by ME – an illness greatly misunderstood and as a result suffered the stigma attached to this dreadful illness.

She fought long and hard for 17 years with immense bravery, enduring constant pain and sickness.

Every system in her body was affected. She required 24hr care that was provided by her totally dedicated mother, with continuous support from Lynn’s father.

Lynn suffered many hospital admissions, sometimes lasting several months for life threatening conditions.

Prior to her illness, which left her paralysed, unable to speak, eat or drink and without memory, she was an active, healthy teenager full of life and dreams, who grew up in the Stonegate area, attending local schools and participating fully in her local community.

She enjoyed sailing, swimming, cycling and was an accomplished musician.

Her family praise and admire Lynn for her courage, which she showed to the end.

She was a much-loved daughter, sister and granddaughter who despite her illness always gave love and support to others.

In life Lynn strove to help the medical profession improve their insight into ME, which affects many thousands of people, in varying degrees of severity.

Her dedicated mother, supported by Lynn’s family, has pledged to achieve her ultimate goal - for better understanding and recognition of this life destroying illness.

Lynn’s family say that her death will leave a massive void in their lives and the love she gave so unreservedly will be missed every minute of every day.


This statement was issued by Lynn's family.

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