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A blog for ME Awareness Week

CFS/ME Awareness Week 11 - 17 May

Disclaimer: This post is generally based on my own experiences with M.E. and some of the more widespread symptoms thereof. The huge variation in symptoms from one sufferer to the next is possibly one of the more frustrating things about this horrible illness, and if anyone stumbles across this and thinks I’ve made a glaring omission, please please leave a comment saying so.

I’d also like to apologise for how insanely, brutally long this turned out;; it’s a very sorry habit of mine, I’m afraid.

If you're interested, more information about chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome can be found at Action For ME, AYME (which specialises in children and young people with ME), About.Com’s CFS&Fibromyalgia section and of course Wikipedia. Action For ME also released the results of a large survey carried a=out in the UK today, which can be found here.

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ME/CFS affects millions of people of all ages all over the world - 250,000 in the UK and possibly 1million in the US alone. It’s a terrifying and isolating illness, not least because of the measures you have to go to in order to diagnose it, there being no known cause, test, effective blanket treatment or cure. Sufferers can be ridiculed and told they're just lazy or that ‘it’s all in the mind’, even after diagnosis, even from so-called health professionals. There have even been deaths as a direct result of ME. The more we can spread the word about this illness, the more people will be aware of it, and the more help we can get and give to those who suffer from it, those who have to watch friends and family struggle with it, and those who have yet to be diagnosed.

Thank you for reading this. And thank you, if you do, for doing something about it.


As per request ...

Okay, I’ve never made a tutorial before so this could go a bit pots up, but I shall give it a go regardless =D

Made in GIMP, translatable if you change a couple of the tools, I believe. Image-heavy, so be warned.

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