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I use this space to share personal insights, highlight new site content and topics of interest. I am also available to hire for reviews and sponsored posts related to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Guests regularly write for this blog; if you would like to be considered for a post, please Contact Me to discuss this further.

These interesting posts, which range between 600 and 1,800 words, are published on the last day of each month. Please scroll down to read topics from the past six months. Popular subjects are added to the Blog Archive for future reference.

 



Tuesday 31 March 2020

Nineteen years ago tomorrow, my brother Stuart helped me create M.E. Support, having introduced me to the internet. There was limited information about M.E. on the web, and personal experiences seemed to be restricted to forums, therefore I decided to write ‘M.E. My Story’. This was an emotionally challenging process, and I was certainly nervous about publishing it, but messages instantly started arriving from grateful readers. It is incredibly important to share our stories, as they reassure and support fellow sufferers, along with educating the greater public. Here you can read an extract of my updated article, along with a review by M.E. Support Ambassador Rochelle Hanslow.

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Saturday 29 February 2020

I have had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis of varying degrees for the majority of my life, including periods of being housebound and bedridden. Conventional medicine offers us few options, and we’re faced with conflicting advice on living with M.E.; therefore, it’s difficult to know which way to turn. One thing that has struck me is how ‘simple’ management really is, although that doesn't mean it’s easy! Coming to terms with your restrictions and making sensible lifestyle changes are important aspects of self-help. It is imperative that you learn to listen to your body and respond accordingly in order to manage M.E. In addition, it’s important to look after your mental wellbeing just as much as your physical health. You can read an extract of my article, A Self-Help Guide to Managing Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, in this month’s blog post.

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Friday 31 January 2020

Although it’s important to raise M.E. awareness throughout the year, May 12 is the day our global community unites to have our voices heard. You can do many things to mark the occasion, such as fundraising for a charity, taking part in the Millions Missing campaign, or by sharing your experience with others. The blue ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Ribbons are available from the M.E. Support store, along with other merchandise in ‘M.E. blue’, which help to raise much needed awareness and funds. In this month’s blog post, M.E. Support Ambassador Rochelle Hanslow reviews my online shop and the products.

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Tuesday 31 December 2019

It is with great pleasure that I announce that next year, 2020, marks the 19th Anniversary of M.E. Support at www.mesupport.co.uk. The simple Homepage went live on Sunday, 1st April 2001 and gradually developed into the extensive website that you see today. If this website or any other service provided through M.E. Support has been of use to you, please consider helping to support and continue this important work.

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Saturday 30 November 2019

M.E. Support Ambassador Rochelle Hanslow writes, ‘It is almost that time of year again, the festive “hustle and bustle” is upon us and since the shops have been, once again, stocking (no pun intended) for Christmas since September, you could easily have become sick and tired of the notion of it already. You are by no means alone. Christmas doesn’t feel as magical as it used to and there is so much more stress and expectation that surrounds it these days in general but doubly for us “Spoonies”.’ Read her guide to Coping with the Festive Season with Chronic Illness in this month’s blog post.

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Thursday 31 October 2019

I have noticed an increase in enquiries from male M.E. sufferers, therefore I’d like to discuss chronic illness from the male perspective. Statistically, M.E. affects more women than men, and in addition, men are more reluctant to talk about their health. Two years ago, an anonymous friend of mine agreed to share his experience with us. His open and honest article is entitled The Invisible Man, and you can read an extract of it in this month’s blog post. I encourage male M.E. sufferers to share their experiences with each other, or to get in touch with organisations if they need support and guidance.

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News

1 Apr 2020
Anniversary Statement
31 Mar 2020
It Started with a Story
31 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Pandemic
20 Mar 2020
All-Party Parliamentary Group on ME
9 Mar 2020
New Merchandise
10 Feb 2020
Article by Amanda J. Charlton