25 March 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Unfair to force genuinely sick into work
In a letter to the editor, Colin Barton, Sussex & Kent M.E./CFS Society, expresses concern that welfare benefit reform will have serious implications for people with M.E. He says the push to get people who are genuinely sick back into work is causing enormous amounts of stress and is unfair
Crawley News, p 16
Chris Vine, now 49, recalls being diagnosed with M.E. when he was 32. A keen railway enthusiast, Chris focused on his hobby, building a miniature railway, to keep himself hopeful. He has now recovered.
Chat, p 43
Treat for children
Samantha Ellis thanks her two young children Zara-Jane and Oliver for being so understanding, supportive and grown-up about her illness. Samantha has CFS and is too ill to work, and wrote to That’s Life hoping it would be able to help her treat her children. The family has been given £500 for a shopping trip.
That’s Life, p 33
Did jab make my daughter ill?
Ligia Costa describes how her daughter Lara fell ill with a virus following a HPV jab, intended to prevent cervical cancer. Lara was eventually diagnosed with M.E. and now only leaves the house to attend hospital appointments and school, if she’s well enough. Ligia believes the HPV jab was responsible.
Take a Break, p 54-55
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