Postcards to Doctors 2020

Last year, #MEAction launched POSTCARDS TO DOCTORS, a medical education campaign in which we sent beautifully-designed, handwritten postcards to doctors throughout the US, to encourage them to take the UNREST CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION course to learn more about myalgic encephalomyelitis!  In 2019, we sent over 6,000 postcards and over 5,000 addresses to local, highly-rated doctors with the help of our  volunteers. That’s 6,000 clinicians who know about ME because of advocates like you!

An art collage shaped into a woman with flowers for hair and letters/wording that share ME symptoms such as brain fog, sensory, rash, headache, chills, etc
Untitled, by Zamp Gelso
photo of an organic pot holding 2 thin and long-stemmed flowers
Organic Flow, by John Holt
Graphic of a paper doll with clothing cut outs for it. You also see skeletal system and muscular system and brain. Wording at the top: Dress up the doll to learn more about M.E.
ME Doll, by Jelena Ačanski
Artwork shows a woman lying with eyes closed wrapped in a blanket done in vibrant colors of red, blue, green, and yellow.
Untitled, by Ginette Mulvihill
Comic strip. In first box you see a medical provider saying "this therapy will put you on the right track." to a patient (sloth) across a table. In the next box you see the patient (sloth) with a suitcase by a train track labeled right track 1 OUT OF ORDER
Not Lazy But Ill, by F.G.D. de Weerd

Get Started!

1)

PURCHASE YOUR POSTCARDS IN OUR ONLINE STORE

You can purchase postcards from our online store to be sent to your home address. They should arrive in about a week.

2)

Request local addresses using our online form

Fill our our form in order to receive the addresses of highly-rated medical providers in your home state. Some will be from your zip code; others will be from other areas in your home state so that we're sure that people with ME of all races, creeds and colors can get the informed, compassionate care they need.

Note: most people should request the same number of addresses as the number of postcards they ordered in the previous step.

3)

Receive your postcards & add required language

Please note that we have updated the required language of the postcard! Our experience is that many clinicians in the US do not recognize ME on its own and are more likely to recognize and respond to the name “chronic fatigue syndrome”. If you are uncomfortable using that name, feel free to continue replicating the language using “myalgic encephalomyelitis” on its own. Education is the goal of the Postcards project, and if clinicians don’t recognize the disease as something their own patients experience, we have failed out of the gate. Thank you for considering this!

Language for the postcards should be replicated exactly.

Language for people with ME:

Dear Dr. ____,

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a common, often post-infectious disease more important than ever in the time of COVID. Most doctors are still not getting the diagnosis right. This CME has practical advice you can use to diagnose and treat people like me. Check out the Unrest CME at unrest.film/cme.

Thank you,

Language for allies:

Dear Dr. ____,

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a common, often post-infectious disease more important than ever in the time of COVID. Most doctors are still not getting the diagnosis right. Our CME has practical advice you can use to diagnose and treat people like my (friend/daughter/etc)! Check out the Unrest CME at unrest.film/cme.

Sincerely,

4)

Add Your own Language, If desired

If there is a local event coming up, such as a showing of Unrest or an ME conference, this is the place to mention it to your local docs! Remember to include the location, date, and time if you do. You may also choose to include something personal. Additions likely to elicit engagement are positive and proactive:

You can really help people like me!

You can be part of the solution that brings the best care to people with ME right where you live.

Always keep the final goal in sight: to show clinicians that it is easy and useful to complete CME for ME. .

5)

Fill in the address, stamp and Send!

Drop in a local mailbox and reach a new medical provider in your home state today!

6)

Share on Social & Join the Party!

Share messages and images of your postcards on social media using the hashtag #PostcardsToDoctors!

And join us for our 2021 Kickoff Party, where we will get together via videochat and have fun. Bring your postcards, your best pens, and your best hopes for the new year! For more information and to sign up, click on the button!

The party will be Monday, January 11 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET. We hope to see you there!

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