Personal Stories

Resting When Tired Isn’t Lazy – It’s Self Care

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Since my heart procedure 2 weeks ago, it feels like I’ve done nothing but sleep. I know I should be thankful my poor, exhausted body is finally letting me rest, but I’m struggling with the notion that I’m just “being lazy” and the […]

Trial By Error: Fiona Godlee Doubles Down On Lightning Process Study

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      By David Tuller, DrPH. Earlier this week, Dr Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ, e-mailed me in response to concerns expressed about the study of the Lightning Process published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, one of the journals under her purview. Those concerns were expressed in an open letter to her […]

Christchurch Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sufferer Told It Was All In Her Head

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  By Oliver Lewis in stuff.co.nz.   An estimated 16,000 to 20,000 people in New Zealand have chronic fatigue syndrome. Despite this, the debilitating condition remains poorly understood. OLIVER LEWIS reports. Gillian Watson calls it the year she forgot. The Christchurch woman was struck down with flu in the latter half of 2015 and never really […]

7 Ways To Tackle Low Self-Esteem With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

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  By Colleen Downey in The Mighty.   Self-esteem is generally described as the degree of regard or respect individuals have for themselves and is a subjective measure of worth that we place on our abilities and judgments; it is an understanding we create of our worth based on emotions and beliefs about how we […]

International Day of People with Disabilities: Hannah Dines – Why I’m sick of ‘inspiration porn’

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    By Hannah Dines in BBC Sport.   It happens time and time again in Paralympic sport that the story is chosen for us. Our disability is the negative comparison that makes our positive sporting performance legitimate. We cannot have one without the other. The irony here is that for many Paralympians, their disability […]

You Don’t Look Sick: ‘People Think I’m Too Young To Be Disabled’

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    By Laura Abernethy in The Metro. ‘But you don’t look sick’ is something that people with chronic illnesses often hear. Others judge them based on their idea of what disability looks like. Our series speaks to a different person each week about their experiences of living with a long term condition and how […]

Disabled People Like Me Are Being Forced To Battle Daily For Our Most Basic Needs

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  By Susan McKinstery in Huffpost.   I was born in 1981, the year declared “International Year of Persons with Disabilities” by the UN. It heralded the beginning of the “Decade for Persons with Disabilities”, which saw the beginning of what would go on to become landmark equalities legislation and political policy making. The intention for […]

York Disability Forum

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  Today I’ll be attending a meeting to see if creating a York Disability Forum will be helpful in giving us more of a voice in the area.  I’ll report back on here as to how it goes. If you’re in York and want to let me know of any good, bad or indifferent stories on […]

Ask About My Disability If You’re Curious, But Don’t Patronise Me

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    By Samantha Renke in the Metro.   As a disabled woman, I’ve sadly become somewhat immune to overt forms of aggression and discrimination. I almost expect the lift to be out of service whilst shopping. I also acknowledge that my work prospects are diminished in comparison to my non-disabled peers, and that it’s highly […]

‘They Think Disability Is Almost Worse Than Being Dead’

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By Kate Scotter in BBC News.   “I won’t let you make me feel bad for the things I cannot do, I am tired of being talked over by people like you.” To watch Tilly Moses perform her folk music on stage, there are no visual clues she’s disabled – although the message is there […]

What An M.E. Crash Feels Like

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    From the Mummying And M.E. Blog.   NB: This is just my experience of an M.E. crash. This description is not going to be the same for everyone. My daughter is talking to me this morning, but I don’t understand what she’s saying. My husband has been doing the washing up downstairs, opening […]

Don’t Fight The Quicksand

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From Lorem Ipsum Life   When I was a kid I thought quicksand was going to be a much bigger problem.* Weirdly, as inaccurate as the movie depictions were of quicksand, they make an excellent analogy for activity and ME. TV and movies taught me that if I fall into quicksand, the worst thing I could […]

A Trial Of ME – Elizabeth’s Story

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  By Elizabeth Thorne in #MEAction. This is me, my story, I am one of the millions missing. I may not look ill to you, but if you see me, it will be because I am having a ‘good’ day because I am well enough to be able to get dressed and leave the house. […]

5 Things Councils Can Do To Make Areas More Accessible

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    By Heather Lacey in AccessAble.   As the world becomes more and more connected, we are increasingly fortunate to have the potential to explore more of what the UK’s towns and cities have to offer. Getting out and about to enjoy the activities and attractions that our Towns and Cities have can be […]

Trial By Error: “Bristol, It Is Time To Withdraw Your Complaints To Berkeley”

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    By David Tuller, DrPH I have sent the following letter to Jane Bridgwater, Bristol University’s director of legal services and deputy university secretary. ********** Jane Bridgwater Director of Legal Services and Deputy University Secretary University of Bristol Bristol, UK Dear Ms Bridgwater: I have raised multiple concerns in recent years about research conducted […]

My Typical Day As A Chronic Fatigue Blogger

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  From the Mummying And Me Blog.   Want to know what a day in the life of a chronic fatigue blogger looks like? Here I will try to sum up what my days look like during the week. Why did I choose to write this article? When I’ve spoken to friends and family about […]

Breaking Through The Stigma Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  On Mornings with Kia Handley.   It’s more than just being tired. It’s got nothing to do with being lazy or making things up or being a hypochondriac. Life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is full of stigma and frustration. So what is it like? Nelly Thomas, comedian and author, is a mother to a […]

The 20 Best Supplements For Pain & Fatigue

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Pain and fatigue are probably the two most common symptoms across a whole host of medical conditions. It is estimated that around 43% of people in the UK experience chronic pain – this equates to 28 million in the UK alone. In the […]

Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For ?

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    HELLO, IS IT ME YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ? I’m sure you know the feeling I’m sure you know the score Hit with ME, you soon get to see How things are not as before I hoped my friends would stay with me I seriously thought they would I thought that they’d care And […]

Dr Byron Hyde ME Expert

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By Wendy Boutilier in Global Advocates 4 Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.   Dr. Byron Marshall Hyde studied pre-medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto followed by a degree in Chemistry and Nutrition in 1961. His first medical employment was as an immunological research chemist at the Roscoe B. Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine – a leading […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Gradually Figuring Out What’s Wrong

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  By Anthony Komaroff, MD in Harvard Health Publishing.   In 1983, a health professional in her 30s walked into my office and said, “I’ve been healthy all of my life. A year ago, I came down with some kind of virus — sore throat, aching muscles, swollen lymph glands, fever. My fatigue was so bad […]

Challenging Insensitive Comments And “Who Has It Worse” Competitions

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   “Life is not a competition. Life is about helping and inspiring others so we can each reach our potential.” Does anyone else feel like they have to bite their tongue a lot? Do you hide a lot of what you are feeling because confrontations […]

I Shouldn’t Have To Legitimize My Pain For Others To Believe Me

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  By Claire Brumback in The Mighty.   “Why doesn’t anyone believe me?” I ask myself this question too often. I have chronic pain and suffer with it every day, but no one believes me. On days I can’t get out of bed, or days I go to the ER because the pain is unbearable, […]

‘I’m Only Here For MY Beer !’ Dame Judi Dench Knocks Back A Can Of – Dame Judi Quench

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    From YorkMix.   After a hard day’s filming, there’s nothing better than cracking open a can of beer with your name on it. Hollywood and theatre legend Dame Judi Dench is pictured here tucking into a cold can of Dame Judi Quench – the unique beer created in her home city by Brew […]

The Best Analogy To Explain ‘Energy Debt’ With Chronic Illness

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    By Teresa Ledwith in The Mighty.   The other day I was struggling, as many of us with chronic illness do, to explain myself to a friend. As usual, I had to give up. I can’t explain to her why it’s not easy for me to drive in and out of my nearest city (an […]

ME And Me: Making Films About Disability To Raise Awareness

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      From Disability Horizons.   Disabled writer and actor Thom Jackson-Wood, who has ME, talks to Disability Horizons about his films, Awaken and The Black Box, both of which are about disability. Written after frustrations at disabled people being misrepresented on TV, he hopes the films will raise awareness of different disabilities, and […]

From Infectious Disease Specialist To ME/CFS Expert: Dr. Bela Chedda Talks

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   I met Dr. Chheda of the Center for Complex Diseases at Ron Davis’s Working Group Meetings funded by the Open Medicine Foundation. She graciously agreed to talk more about how she approaches treating ME/CFS in her practice. I was particularly eager to talk to one of the younger […]

Fear Of The Unknown – Leaving My Protective Cocoon

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   I have a hospital appointment coming up. It’s for a painless, straightforward heart scan (Echocardiogram) as a follow-up to my recent heart problems. Now this would be a simple activity for a healthy, able-bodied person but for someone with a disabling chronic illness like […]

The Suffering Of One Of Us Is The Story Of All Of Us: Pt I – REELing

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    By Kyle McNease in Health Rising.    (Kyle’s story of going from abundant health to a very severe case of ME/CFS, and then, when all looked bleakest, back to relative health, almost defies description. The length of his narrative, the elegance and directness of his writing, even the difficulty it sometimes presents, makes it unique […]

Marcel Robert’s View Is A Darkened Room In A Rest Home: Life With Chronic Illness ME

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    By Natalie Akoorie in M.E. Awareness NZ.   Marcel Robert lives in a rest home. He is 31 years old. Natalie Akoorie finds out what it’s like to be unable to live life because of an illness and why funding for research is so important. In a darkened room at Oxford Court Lifecare in […]

Activists Combine To Offer PIP Assessment Recording Kits

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled activists have responded to the government’s continuing failure to deal with the dishonesty and inaccuracy of the disability benefit assessment process by launching schemes to ensure that claimants can record their own assessments. Grassroots groups of disabled activists launched two separate campaigns this week […]

‘I’ve Got Relatives With ME/CFS’ – Dr Richard Medlicott’s Reason Behind Fundraising Ride

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    By: Natalie Akoorie in New Zealand Herald.   Richard Medlicott is not your usual GP. The Wellington doctor, and former medical director of the New Zealand College of General Practitioners, is raising money for a chronic illness that many in the medical profession know little about. Medlicott has set up a Givealittle page for his […]

My Disabilities Are Invisible. I Shouldn’t Have To Prove Them To Strangers

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    By Isabelle Jani-Friend in The Guardian.   I was recently on a packed Central line train into London. Luckily, I managed to take the last priority disabled seat. My osteoporosis and the fatigue I experience meant it would be hard for me to stand for the 40-minute journey to Oxford Circus. I felt a sense […]

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