I have just published the following two articles in the Articles Index:
Lorna McFindlow recounts her journey with M.E., along with offering advice on dealing with depression. She writes, "Hindsight is a wonderful thing. When I look back now, I see that the clues were there all along really – weak immune system, easily tired, chronic pain – but, for all intents and purposes I was a completely fit and healthy person up until the age of around 27. Then it all seemed to go a bit wrong from there." You can read her full story in Let’s Talk: M.E. & Depression.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: My Hidden Struggle is an open and honest account of M.E. by author Gavin Stevens. He writes, "There’s a reason Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or M.E., is known as the “hidden illness”, and it’s a reason that comes up in conversation regularly with people I know. You see, when you have other life-changing illnesses or conditions, they tend to have a way of presenting themselves to the outside world. Maybe you wear a headscarf because all your hair has been lost due to invasive treatment. Maybe your arm was amputated because of an accident. Maybe you lost your balance and fell, and are now sporting a black eye. People look at you in these cases, and no explanation is needed. They see pain, they see trauma, they see struggle. But with M.E. it’s a different story. To the outside world, a lot of days I look like an everyday guy. I walk about, I laugh, I joke, and I seem the same as everybody else. But what people don’t see are the days I’m not “myself”. The days it hurts just to bend over and put on socks, needing help. The days I can’t eat, or can’t stop eating, due to my body having a wobble. The times where just a few hours ago I was writing with a clear head, and now I can’t even remember my daughter’s birthday or why I came into a certain room."
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