I have learned to cope with M.E., a serious and potentially disabling chronic disorder, through art and creativity.
Excerpted from The Journal.ie
I remember reading articles on M.E. Awareness Day within the first year of being diagnosed with this debilitating illness.
It was a story about somebody who had this condition for five years. I couldn’t imagine what that would be like. It scared me, to be honest. I didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t want to know about it. I made a drawing: hands covering my ears so not to hear the reality of this very little-understood condition.
I became determined to beat this illness and be recovered within a year, maximum two.
That was 17 years ago.
I am still ill.
M.E. is a serious and potentially disabling chronic physical disorder, affecting up to 12,000 people in Ireland. Of that number, approximately 25% of those would be considered to be severely disabled, rendering them housebound and even bedbound and leaving the individual dependent upon carers for their everyday needs.
Read the full article on The Journal.ie