Category: Arts & Letters

New ME/CFS Book: Lighting Up a Hidden World

This month, Valerie Free’s new book, Lighting Up a Hidden World: CFS and ME will be released to the public. In 1990, Valerie Free was a vibrant, thirty-year-old woman: a court stenographer, wife, and mother. In July of that year, she came down with a sudden, flu-like illness and after months of unrelenting and bizarre

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Announcing the Winners of #MEAction's Poetry Contest!

#MEAction is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 #MillionsMissing Poetry Contest. We were astounded by the number of submissions we received and we would like to thank everyone who produced such incredible work! We hope that this will become an annual tradition and that even more people will participate in the future. With

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Jen Brea to give TED talk on June 27!

Documentary maker and #MEAction founder Jen Brea will give a talk at the prestigious, five-day TED summit in Banff, Canada, on Monday, June 27. Her presentation will be one of seven talks by TED fellows in a session starting at 11:15 a.m. MDT (Mountain Daylight Time) and will focus on her experience with ME. The

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Canada – open letter to gov't from family of #MillionsMissing

Name/Nom: William A. Downey, BA, BSW Province:  BC Riding/Circonscription: Kelowna Lake Country Comments/Commentaires: I am writing on behalf of over four hundred thousand fellow Canadian citizens whose lives have been, and will continue to be, devastated by the well-known biomedical condition Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME); I write as a member of the additional hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens who

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Respond to the NIH's Request for Information

On May 24th, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the document Request for Information: Soliciting Input for New Research Strategies for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).  An RFI, or Request for Information is “critical for identification and consideration of research areas and topics to be included in future efforts.”  The Trans-NIH ME/CFS Working Group

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Speeches from the Front Lines of #MillionsMissing: Sonya

Sonya Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Patient 5/25/16 Washington, DC #MillionsMissing Protest Speech Transcript In April of 2011, I was thriving and loving life. At the peak of my career, working my dream job in the U.S. Foreign Service, only 39 years old but already the equivalent of a Colonel in the military, I was successful, healthy,

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Speeches from the front lines of #MillionsMissing: Carol Head

I’m Carol Head, President of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative, here with Linda Tannenbaum.  Our organization conducts innovative research to solve ME/CFS. We conduct research and have created a biobank of ME/CFS patient information for use by all researchers. Before I begin, a quick note of thanks to Mark Cormizand. As you may know, we are

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Speeches from the front lines of #MillionsMissing: L.A. Cooper

Hello, and a very warm welcome to #MillionsMissing London. My name is L.A. Cooper, I founded and run Change For M.E. Change For Us. We are middle representatives of this global movement; Melbourne kicked things off at 12pm their time (which is around 2am, 3am GMT, I believe) and Canada and USA follow us later

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