My name is Ardie vanOorschot. I am 55 years old and married to Peter.
have two children, a daughter 30, and a son 26 years old. Since 1966, I have
worked for Xantic Satellite Communications. In August 2000, my company
moved to another city and I started commuting. This became difficult for me.
In October 2001, I was diagnosed with "burn Out", or chronic fatigue
syndrome. However, in October 2001, the diagnosis was changed to "Chronic
Pulmonary Embolism". In February 2003, I underwent surgery for this
I am writing my story because I feel as patients we are not capable of standing up for ourselves and do not want to be viewed as constantly complaining.
I feel that the doctors I saw made a wrong diagnosis by not listening to my symptoms. Unfortunately many people are still dying from this serious disease. I have read three newspaper articles where, just like me, a faulty diagnosis was made. These people died. I must honestly admit it is a very difficult disease to diagnose. I feel very fortunate, that is why I have been telling my story over the past years.