Yesterday was “Severe ME Awareness Day”. Quite ironically, I was too ill to post, so I’m doing it today instead.
25% of people with ME have it severely. Doctors would class my ME as severe, because I can’t leave the house, and spend the large majority of my day in bed. However I consider myself very lucky that I’m not bed bound, paralysed, in unbearable pain, and need to be fed through a tube. That is the reality for many people with this illness.
They live in darkened, silent rooms, because they cannot bear the light or noise. Imagine that…living a dark and silent existence…I can’t imagine it, and I’m sure most of you reading this can’t either.
Another reality is that this disease can be fatal. Part of severe M.E. awareness day is remembering those who have passed away as a result of this illness.
A recent study in Denmark (link HERE if anyone wants to read about it) found people with M.E. have a lower quality of life than people with cancer, MS, schizophrenia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and people who suffered a stroke.
To quote directly from the article “schizophrenia is one of the last diseases I would wish on anyone, but people with schizophrenia scored 21% higher in their QOL (quality of life) scores than people with ME/CFS”.
When you take that into account, the fact that ME receives the same amount of funding for medical research as hay fever (yes! You read that right!) really is beyond belief.
I’m going to stop there, because I can feel myself getting worked up, and I don’t have the energy for that. I’m going to end with a selection of tweets that I saw yesterday on the Severe ME hashtag.