Hello my beautiful readers!
Today I wanted to share with you a bit of awareness about my illness. This week is ME Awareness Week and today is International ME Awareness Day, what a good time to share and educate you all.
Your probably wondering what ME is? And what it actually stands for. Let me explain, don’t worry I’ll keep it simple!
ME stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, it is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS).
If you break down the meaning of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis this is what you get; MYA– Muscle
Quite literally that is how ME affects the body, then add on the fatigue! Sounds unpleasant right?
I could describe it as almost like having the flu 24/7, but then I don’t know if that would be giving you a full extent of what ME can actually do.ME is extremely debilitating and can take years, even decades to recover from.
It is believed that Florence Nightingale suffered from this illness back in 1857. In honour of Florence Nightingale aka “lady of the lamp”, her birthday 12th May has become International ME Awareness day.
ME has been around for a long time. However it is an invisible illness and that can make it quite hard to understand. Frankly a lot of the sufferers don’t look sick! There are no tests that can be done to show that there is something wrong, nor is there any specific medications to help. More research and understanding needs to go into this illness. Research needs to go into finding out how to prevent this illness, recovery treatments or a cure if possible.
If you would like to get involved and help raise awareness for ME, feel free to wear something blue, start the conversation with someone and help us educate one another, search the #meawareness #mecfs hash-tags on social media and read about sufferers and their stories with ME and how it affects their everyday lives, or even donate to your local ME charity!
For more information about ME or if you wish to get involved or donate click here. This is the Australian ME page known as Emerge Australia. Thank you for taking the time to read my post beautiful readers, Happy International ME Awareness day!!! Lennae xxx