Category: Arts & Letters

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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'Unrest' at the Scottish Parliament

The Time for Unrest event at the Scottish Parliament on 30th January was an opportunity to raise awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) among Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), and ask them to take action to support the 21,000 people with ME in Scotland. Attended by over 70 people, it attracted an unprecedented number of

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We're upright in all but body!

#BedFest was quite the occasion. People appeared in PJ’s, crumpled t-shirts, crochet vests, keen to address the wider world; people whose voices are seldom heard, called together by #MEAction and its volunteers to share music, art, photography and multifarious creativity and raise ME-Awareness. We didn’t have to leave the house…

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Voices from Sacramento: Janet Dafoe and Ashley Haugen

Some of you may know Dr. Janet Dafoe and her daughter Ashley Haugen through their tireless advocacy work for ME.  Dr. Dafoe’s son and Ashley’s brother, Whitney Dafoe, has severe ME, and is the impetus behind their efforts to raise funding, raise awareness, and raise hell. These statements were read at the Sacramento California rally on June 2, 2017.

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