Writer killed herself after neurological condition made her forget how to write

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Writer killed herself after neurological condition made her forget how to write

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A writer with a passion for words killed herself after a neurological condition caused her to forget how to write.

Katherine Perrett-Clarke, 53, known as Kate, had a successful career in writing academic pieces for military publications but began suffering memory loss in 2014 and was diagnosed with the chronic fatigue syndrome ME.

ME, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, is a long-term neurological condition which can cause extreme tiredness, heart palpitations, problems with memory, and joint pain.

Kate Perrett-Clarke (with husband Malcolm) a gifted writer who hanged herself after she began losing her ability to pen magazine articles due to bouts of memory loss and the chronic fatigue syndrome ME.Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx

Kate Perrett-Clarke, pictured with her husband Malcolm, took her own life after losing the ability to write (Picture: Kate Perrett-Clarke/ Cavendish Press)

Kate Perrett-Clarke (with husband Malcolm) a gifted writer who hanged herself after she began losing her ability to pen magazine articles due to bouts of memory loss and the chronic fatigue syndrome ME.Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx

The writer had been diagnosed with ME and suffered from extreme memory loss (Picture: Kate Perrett-Clarke/ Cavendish Press)

On March 19, the mother-of-three was found hanged in her Blackpool home by her husband of 17 years, Malcolm Clarke, who desperately tried to save her life by performing CPR.

A love letter was found beside her body which she had previously written for her husband.

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Mr Clarke, who works a minibus driver, said: She had called me while I was driving saying that she loved me, but this seemed normal to me. She had also phoned her daughters to tell them the same thing.

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When I came home the door was unlocked which was not unusual and I found her on the stairwell. I gave her CPR and so did the paramedics but she had already gone.

I never saw this coming at all. In some ways, I would like to think it was an accident and that she would not do it to herself and the girls.

Kate Perrett-Clarke a gifted writer hanged herself after she began losing her ability to pen magazine articles due to bouts of memory loss and the chronic fatigue syndrome ME.Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx

She was a keen punk fan, which came second only to her books (Picture: Kate Perrett-Clarke/ Cavendish Press)

Kate Perrett-Clarke (with husband Malcolm) a gifted writer who hanged herself after she began losing her ability to pen magazine articles due to bouts of memory loss and the chronic fatigue syndrome ME.Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx

But on March 19 she took her own life after calling her husband and three daughters to tell them she loved them (Picture: Kate Perrett-Clarke/ Cavendish Press)

Mr Clarke added: Before her death, those around her had noticed the difference in her.

Words and books were her love but now she could not even draw a clock face without struggling.

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She needed a sat nav all the time in case she forgot where she was going and those closest to her noticed a decline.

She suffered with ME as well. Some days she would get up and we would know no difference but other days she could just about get up and only reach the sofa.

She would say she had felt like she had run a marathon.

Kate Perrett-Clarke a gifted writer hanged herself after she began losing her ability to pen magazine articles due to bouts of memory loss and the chronic fatigue syndrome ME.Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx

Before her death, she wrote she had no idea who people are (Picture: Kate Perrett-Clarke/ Cavendish Press)

Over a long period she had become more confined to the house and less willing to go out.

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She loved punk music, second only to her books and would go the Rebellion punk festival. I think that this was a build-up of little bits, she was losing her words and words were Kates life and her love.

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Before her death, Mrs Perrett-Clarke wrote: I feel confused and find it really hard to understand what people are saying sometimes.

My concentration has gone. I am getting very irritable and that is not like me. My sleep has changed, I have no idea who people are.

Mrs Perrett-Clarke had studied politics and English and Loughborough University before getting a teaching qualification and becoming writer with a passion for words who researched a number of topics.

Kate Perrett-Clarke a gifted writer hanged herself after she began losing her ability to pen magazine articles due to bouts of memory loss and the chronic fatigue syndrome ME.Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx

Friends and family described her as a joy and a whirlwind who was full of life with a positive presence (Picture: Kate Perrett-Clarke/ Cavendish Press)

She had settled in Blackpool with her husband, a former solider, for the last five years of her life, having moved around the country for many years with his military job.

Friends and family described her as a joy and a whirlwind who was full of life with a positive presence.

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An inquest into her death heard doctors prescribed her with a number of medications including the anti-depressant sertraline and iron, as well as morphine to combat the pain caused by her ME.

Recording a verdict of suicide, coroner Clare Doherty said: In recent years Katherine had suffered disabilities both physically and mentally. She had suffered memory loss and this meant that she was unable to write.

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More recently tests had shown that her cognitive function had declined and this was a source of sadness for her.

It is clear that she continued to enjoy her life despite having good and bad days. She had three daughters and a husband and a family pet.

There was nothing to indicate that she might do what she did and there does not seem to have been any background to the decision for her to take her own life – but looking at what she did I cannot think that this was an accident or that this was a case of misadventure.

Although this appears to have been an impulsive act, I am satisfied she did take her own life.

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