This is a huge Awareness week for ME (also Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities). Much preparation has gone into promoting awareness of this (ME) debilitating disease that takes patients’ lives away as they knew it before illness. I’m reblogging in order to continue promoting this disease so that more people might understand it. Well written.
This week is International M.E. Awareness Week, chosen to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale who is thought to have suffered from M.E. during the last years of her life. It is also the Awareness Week for Fibromyalgia/FMS and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities/MCS: two commonly overlooked conditions that are often co-morbid to M.E.
Despite being an extremely common and disabling multi-systemic disease M.E. remains one of the most misunderstood, stigmatised and underfunded illnesses in the world today. So in honour of M.E. awareness day, I have compiled a list of facts the average person may not know about the disease:
- M.E. is classified as a neurological disease by the world health organisation.
- It affects an estimated quarter of a million people in the UK, 17 million worldwide making it twice as prevalent in the UK as MS and three times as prevalent as HIV or breast cancer.
- M.E. affects both…
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