ME man now up for election
TWO years ago Paul Carpenter suffered chronic pain and spent five days a week in bed because ME symptoms plagued his life. But thanks to his own revolutionary medicine, he is now one of five candidates fighting for the place on Fenland District Council on
TWO years ago Paul Carpenter suffered chronic pain and spent five days a week in bed because ME symptoms plagued his life.
But thanks to his own revolutionary medicine, he is now one of five candidates fighting for the place on Fenland District Council on the Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary ward.
The 44-year-old says he feels like a new person since discovering a new way to treat the condition's symptoms, and is fit enough to help the Fens as an Independent councillor.
Paul, of Gull Road, Guyhirn said: "Now symptom free, I'm totally ready for this position. When I was very ill, there was no way I'd be able to commit to the responsibility as a councillor.
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"ME affects people in different ways; some make a full recovery, others relapse but others have to live with the disease all the time.
"If I don't take this special mixture of supplements, I start to get pain in my hands or feet, and I'm back in bed within three days.
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"I also have to make sure I get enough sleep, as well as eat and drink sensibly."
The Wisbech St Mary parish councillor has suffered with ME for 20 years.
His mixture of three amino acids that help relieve the symptoms is a treatment Paul discovered himself, and markets on the internet.
Paul, a father-of-one, added: "The medicine, which I have called ME-Relief, has received very positive feedback from ME patients. I really hope it can help more people."
But despite being so ill, he still managed to continue working and now works part time providing computer support and advice to local businesses.
Paul has lived in Guyhirn for nine years, working with a number of groups in the Fens on various projects.
He joined Wisbech St Mary Parish Council in May last year, and chairs Guyhirn Action Group and Guyhirn Village Hall Committee.
Also nominated for election on Thursday, April 3 are: Paul Clapp, of Wisbech (UK Independence Party), Dave Goode, of Parson Drove (Labour), Chris Howes, of Chatteris (Liberal Democrat) and Phil Wait (Conservative).
The seat became free following the death of Cllr Cliff Edwards in January.