Category: Arts & Letters

Sept & Oct — Research Roundup

The end of September was a whirlwind! Between the CDC’s website work, the CDC’s awarding of a sole contract, the planning sessions for the NIH meeting, and the Stanford symposium, there wasn’t much time to devote to breaking down the science.  If you’d like to see a quick run-down of what’s been going on lately

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Living Deeply in Tiny Rooms

Listen to the article:   Here is a question for you:  Is your life small or large? How do you know? Is it possible to have a big life in a single, small room? Or to lead a small life that is lived in many places? Questions like these have become more pertinent to me

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Beauty Sleeping: A Real Life Fairytale

Once upon a time there lived a very beautiful princess, and the way you could tell she was beautiful was that she knew it. She didn’t bother with big puffy dresses, or make up—she was beautiful on a tyre swing out in the woods of her poor little kingdom, and she was beautiful fixing a

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You Are Lovely.

Artwork by Elizabeth D’Angelo, who has severe ME. View, purchase and commission her artwork here. People can be infuriating. People can tell you that you are wrong about your own experience. That if only you were braver, bolder, cleverer, or otherwise different you’d be more. Whether the more they have in mind is more well,

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Netflix Docuseries "Afflicted" is Terrible

Read a response from some of the subjects of Afflicted: “The Truth Behind Netflix’s ‘Afflicted.’” We anxiously awaited the release of Netflix’s docuseries, “Afflicted,” on Aug. 10 and are appalled by the dismissive, psychosomatic lens through which the patients are ultimately portrayed. The casting director had said that the “intention is to look at these experiences

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PBS Audience Award: Vote for Unrest

We are thrilled to announce that Unrest is in the running for the 2017-18 Independent Lens Audience Award! It was an honor to have Unrest premiere on PBS | Independent Lens this past January and it would mean the world to us if we could count on your support for this award– after all, this

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A song for ME: Blowin’ in the Wind

    The following arrangement of Blowin’ in the Wind, with alternative lyrics about the struggles faced by people with ME, is performed by patients and their carers from around the world: If you would like to play and/or sing this song at a #MillionsMissing protest on 12 May, or at any other event, please use

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A Tribute to Mag Friel

I know hardly anything of Mag’s life before she fell ill in 1993. We were witnesses to each other’s ‘now’. There are clues though: when I sent our shoes to the #MillionsMissing protest, Mag selected a pair of dainty black Velours stiletto heels with pointed toes. Imagine her staccato gait – upright and stable! Last year, while Cannes was in the news, she wrote: “May 1991 sailed to Cannes on my partner’s yacht, hoping to complete on 5 million film deal we’d worked on for 4 years. May 2017 achieved my goal of having bed sheet changed, first time in months. Heaven. Happy ME Awareness Day. Love and eternal hope for us all. xxxxxx”

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Hold On, Firebird

Once upon a time, I woke up on fire. This burning was one of invisible flames, curling themselves around me and offering nothing but excruciating pain and the sort of exhaustion which bears down on you like a weight your whole body must carry.

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