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M.E. in the media: misnomers, poverty and disabled darts

April 18, 2016

The latest contributor to the Guardian’s ‘What I’m really thinking’ series is a person with M.E. The piece explores common misconceptions about the illness, as well as issues with the name. “I have myalgic encephalomyelitis. If you think it is hard to say, try living with it every day,” writes the anonymous author. “It is sometimes called chronic fatigue syndrome, but that’s a bit of a misnomer. I’m not just tired.”

Also in the Guardian, Frances Ryan writes about the poverty experienced by Thomas, Helen and their three children after Helen became severely ill with M.E. in 2002. “We were coping until the [welfare] reforms came in, that’s when all the problems started,” says Thomas. “Before, things were tough but we could just keep our head above water… But after the cuts, it was just hopeless.”

Elsewhere, the Western Gazette celebrates Simon Thyer’s recent win at the World Disability Darts Association (WDDA) Winmau Classic. Simon, who has M.E., now hopes to inspire more disabled darts players in Somerset.