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M.E. in the media: ways of living with the illness

March 29, 2016

Three M.E.-related stories appeared in the media over the Easter weekend.

Firstly, the Daily Mail interviewed author Shirley Conran on surviving M.E. “When something happens, whether it's a health problem, bereavement or any other crisis, you need to sit down with a mug of tea, stop fighting the situation and think of practical solutions,” explains Shirley. To cope with her exhaustion and housework she made notes on how to get things done more quickly and simply, and these notes turned into her first best-selling book, Superwoman.

Huffington Post blog explains that M.E./CFS “isn’t what you think it is, it’s much worse.” Referring to her old friend Whitney Dafoe, Stephanie Land writes: “I hadn’t taken his illness seriously, because I thought of it as that: an illness. In reality, it’s a disease called myalgic encephalomyelitis, that robs people of their lives, often leaving them bed-ridden and unable to care for themselves.”

There was also an article by Bristol University student Hannah Price in The Telegraph about how she manages the demands of higher education while living with M.E.