Category Archives: Awareness

Thank Senator Markey for Sponsoring the Congressional ME Briefing

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Back in February 2017, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA)  publicly announced at a packed town hall meeting that he would advocate for ME. A few short months later, he did just that! His first act as an ME advocate was to sponsor a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill on May 18th ...

City Proclamation for ME: How-To Guide and Case Study

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Timbre Livesay and Mary Dimmock contributed to this article. This is an outline of the steps a California ME advocate, Mark Camenzind, took for getting city proclamations for ME. Below the steps is a template you can use for your own city proclamation. Feel free to adapt either for your city's ...

State Resolution for ME: How-to Guide and Case Study

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Rivka Solomon and Mary Dimmock contributed to this article This document includes the steps ME advocates are taking to get a State Resolution for ME passed in their State House (aka State Assembly or State Legislature). It also includes a draft template of a resolution for you to use in your state. Why ...

Julie Rehmeyer’s memoir is out. Purchase her book today!

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“I read an early version of Through the Shadowlands while I was driving around the country, tent in my rental car, terrified that something inexplicable was wrong with me, convinced that I was losing my mind. Julie Rehmeyer’s book showed me that I wasn’t ...

Three ways to help Unrest change the story

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1) Sign up Sign-up to receive Unrest email updates, so you know when the film is coming to a city near you, your family, or your friends! Help us use the film to create a circle of allies, build the movement to fight for equal treatment, and find a cure. 2) Get social Join the ...

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, ...

Canada uses “bird-dogging tactics” to force meeting with health minister

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Toronto: #MillionsMissing activists attended their federal health minister’s “meet-and-greet” on Jan. 14th to ask the health minister to respond publicly to their request that she announce Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a biological - and not psychological - illness. This tactic to pin down an official with a specific question in ...

ME Activist Basics: Bird-Dogging and YOU!

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Bird-dog: (verb) search out or pursue with dogged determination. Contact with elected officials at town hall meetings cannot be overvalued. Handfuls of bird-doggers attend meetings around the country and change the course of history everyday.  Never heard of bird-dogging?  Bird-dogging is a strategy used by activists who seek out elected officials, ...

US: Family testifies about CDC’s harmful recommendations at CFSAC

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A member of the Shaw family reads their testimony during the comment period at the January CFSAC meeting: Good afternoon. I have had untreated ME/CFS for 38 years. Our testimony today is on the topic of the Center for Diseases Control’s (CDC) CFS group. The 2015 National Academy of Medicine report ...

US: Read Terri Wilder’s CFSAC Testimony

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  The CFS Advisory Committee (CFSAC) provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Assistant Secretary for Health on issues related to myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). The committee meets twice-yearly, and recently met Jan. 12-13, 2017.  #MEAction activist, Terri Wilder, spoke during the ...
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