30 March 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Reality of M.E. is far from an easy ride
Six letters to editor take issue with a previous correspondent, calling themselves ‘P Istov’, who accused people with M.E. of faking their illness for an easy ride. Rosemary Reynolds, a former nurse and health visitor, says she was forced to take early retirement due to the illness; Nino Manci offers to discuss the reality of the illness with ‘P’. Sylvia Kemp says that, despite their nasty comments, she wouldn’t wish the illness on anyone; Mrs H D Morgan describes the effect her M.E. has had on her whole family; Gerry Tickner and Mrs M Goodwin ask ‘P’ to at least own up by using their real name; while Andy Dixon and Andrew Bilski say the Chronicle should have never published his ‘offensive’ and ‘vulgar’ letter in the first place.
Congleton Chronicle, p 27
Being doubly different can be hard
Being gay, lesbian or bisexual, as well as being disabled, can mean ‘coming out’ twice, and is sometimes difficult for others to acknowledge. Kath, who has CFS and other related conditions, says that all too often people assume she is straight and healthy; having to explain otherwise eats away at her self-esteem.
Disability Now, online
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