The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done: Filmmaker With ME Wants To Raise Awareness Of Hidden Illness


By Emily Coady-Stemp in SW Londoner.


A Herne Hill filmmaker hopes his short film This is ME will bring awareness to those living with a common invisible disability.

Josh Pickup, 29, was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), which is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, at the age of 21.

ME is among the most common invisible disabilities, with up to 1 in 250 people living with the condition in the UK, and some feel that the name chronic fatigue syndrome is inaccurate, furthering its stigma.

Mr Pickup said: “Someone explained to me that calling ME chronic fatigue syndrome is like calling stomach cancer chronic upset tummy. It’s not just tiredness, it’s a fatigue on the cells of your body.”

The film was entered as part of Herne Hill Free Film Festival’s 48 Hour Film Challenge, but due to its length of 5:51 was too long to be considered for any awards.


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