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Jamison Hill

A graduate of Sonoma State University, Jamison is a former bodybuilder and fitness instructor. He also worked as a Christmas tree salesman and manager of a children’s clothing store before devoting himself to writing. He has written for, among others, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Men’s Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Vox, and VICE.

Jamison has appeared in Forgotten Plague, a documentary about ME/CFS, and a seven-episode Netflix original series released in 2018. He was also featured on WBUR’s Modern Love podcast and Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, as well as in articles published by Pacific Standard and HuffPost.

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Jamison's Story

On November 28th, 2010, during a three-hour workout, I got sick. Up to that point, I had been spending more than five-hours working out each day doing squats, curls, presses, and every other type of exercise. By age 22, I had spent more than 12,000 hours in the gym. And I loved every minute of it.

My obsession with exercise was about much more than a narcissistic quest to look good and compete as a bodybuilder. I became certified as a personal trainer and started working out with clients and teaching group fitness classes. As much as I enjoyed the rush of deadlifting 400-pounds, or bench pressing twice my body weight, I got equal enjoyment from crawling through the fitness trenches with my clients. By the time that fateful day in November of 2010 rolled around, I had a burgeoning career and a life I loved.

Then I got sick.

At the pinnacle of my life as a personal trainer, bodybuilder, and college student, my life was upended by a mysterious illness. Eventually I was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and Lyme disease. By age 28, I was bedridden and couldn't even lift a fork. For months I teetered on the brink of death, unable to speak, eat solid food, or elevate my body.

After being given anti-virals, and other treatments, I slowly started to regain my health. While I haven't had a full recovery, I have improved enough to tell my story through my blog and other writings, which can be found on this site.

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