Category Archives: Arts & Letters

Julie Rehmeyer: Hope and Despair in Through the Shadowlands

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Recently, #MEAction sat down with Julie Rehmeyer to discuss her new book Through the Shadowlands, her op-ed in the New York Times with David Tuller, and next steps. What made you embark on a project like Through the Shadowlands? I’m a writer, and it was a big experience I was going through, ...

Coming Out of the Closet

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Obviously, I still have not integrated the sick person I am with my self-concept. In my heart, I aspire to be an adventurer. In my brain, I am a popcorn popper of plans and temptations. In reality, I can do one activity and, on a good day, maybe two, but ...
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Epic Measures: How One Man Changed the World (and Possibly ME/CFS and FM As Well)

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Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) have a long, long way to go before they get the attention and resources they deserve. It would take a heroic leap to quickly achieve what people with these diseases deserve and what the diseases themselves - given their economic costs / burdens ...
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US: Read Lily Chu’s CFSAC Testimony

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Thank you for this opportunity to address the CFS Advisory Committee. I am writing to in response to the call for comments regarding how the US government might engage members of the ME/CFS community, especially patients and their lay supporters, in addressing and solving the clinical, research, educational, and public ...
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ME/CFS Advocacy Down Under in 2016

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2016 was a big year for ME/CFS advocacy. As we turn over the page to the fresh new year, the #MEAction Network Australia group reflects on some of the highlights of its advocacy efforts in 2016 ...
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Send TGIF Letters to Francis Collins

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Friday Letters to Francis Collins ...

#MillionsMissing Holland gets the ear of the Minister of Health

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#MillionsMissing Holland has made its voice heard in the House of Representatives.   House of Representatives member Linda Voortman has filed questions about ME based on the protest demands with Holland’s Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers. In the letter, Voortman asks the minister of health if she is ...
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#MEAction Network UK: FITNET letter published in Positive Health Online

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#MEAction Network UK’s statement denouncing CBT as a form of treatment for ME has been published in the January edition of Positive Health Online today. The letter was sent in response to FITNET, a controversial study that purported children and young people with ME could be successfully treated through CBT conducted ...
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Carol Head Named 2017 Oprah Magazine Health Hero

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Carol Head has just been honored by O, Oprah Winfrey's magazine, as one of fourteen 2017 Health Heroes, “visionaries who are healing bodies, minds, and communities.” "Although we would have preferred a more substantive piece (and inclusion of "myalgic encephalomyelitis," or ME, as our disease name)," Solve ME/CFS said in a ...
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Jen Brea’s ‘Unrest’ to Debut at Sundance Film Festival

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After years of work and hundreds of hours of footage, Jen Brea's documentary, now entitled Unrest, is ready for its debut.  The film will be shown at the Sundance Resort as part of the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017; Brea's Unrest was selected to premier as one of the ...
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