Editor’s note: Karina Hansen is young Danish woman with severe ME. In February 2013, she was forcibly removed from her home by police and taken to a facility for functional (i.e,. psychosomatic) illnesses. The ME Alliance is organizing an action for Karina’s third birthday away from home. You can help Karina by sending cards and gifts to her hospital.
November 7th 2015 is Karina’s birthday. Unbelievably, its her third birthday as a hostage of the Danish state, simply because they contest her ME diagnosis, due to their false belief that ME is a psychiatric disorder, that is being pursued on a financial basis, because it is cheaper to fund psychiatric care for ALL Danish ME patients, than fund creditable biomedical treatment and care and then excludes ME patients from many aspects of health insurance or benefits.
This scandal has now lasted 33 months, which is 924 days, but to poor Karina it will seem more like the 22,176 hours!
Once again, we are hoping to send cards to both Karina at her ‘care’ home and to her parents home.
The ‘care’ home management promised our ME friends in Denmark that any post sent to Karina would be given to her. So to test this statement, a plain brown registered letter was sent to Karina at the home. Sadly it was returned, unopened. Further investigations via the Danish postal service led to the statement from the post man who actually delivered the letter saying that he handed the letter to Karina, but she handed it back unopened.
We have to assume that last years statement from the Hammell Clinic, that Karina had been moved to a nearby ‘care’ home, because she now was suffering from brain damage, is sadly very true. Most people who understand ME, know that there is an inflamation issue in the brain, with severe ME and the constant use of GET only exasperates this problem. The clinic are known to favour CBT/GET and mindfulness training, in an attempt to brain wash ME patients into ‘exercising’ themselves back to health.
In order to capture Karina’s imagination, in her present state, we are suggesting that those sending cards to Karina, should use ‘cute’ stickers all over the envelope and make it plain that it is a birthday card for Karina with ‘happy birthday’, ‘birthday presents’ & ‘birthday cakes’ stuck on the envelope. Also fancy lettering with her name may help. These stickers can be bought at a Poundshop for 2 packs for a pound called Fun stickers. Also some are available from Ebay.
Posting a standard card to Denmark 18cm * 13cm, weighing 5grms from the UK will cost you £1 or two 2nd class stamps. The delivery time is 3-5 working days. Those posting from other parts of the world, please either check out your local postal service for international costs and delievery times (this can be done on line) If you do get the information, please share on this page.
The care home address is: Tagdækkervej 10, 8450 Hammel, Denmark.
Karina’s parents home address is: Kløvermarken 8, 7500 Holstebro, Denmark.
Please ask any further questions you may have, about the aims of this Cards2Karina event on this event page.
This year we intend to have a second wave of actions in our continuing campaign to free Karina. The details of the 2nd wave will be released after the final date of UK/Europe posting, on the 31st October.
In August, we shared with you that we and six other ME/CFS organizations had submitted a proposal to the National Center of Health Statistics (NCHS) to fix the coding of ME/CFS in the US International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM). Today, we are writing with an update on that proposal and asking that you sign the