‘Just Google It’

It is widely accepted that people use Dr. Google to try to diagnose their health complaints, look for advice, or seek signposting for support. However, should Google be used by professionals with a duty of care over Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E/C.F.S) patients to establish what the condition is and how they should be supporting …

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When Will They Learn?

The condition Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E), otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S), has a long and complex history. This is covered within our e-training and is explained in simple terms as it is all a bit of a mess. The complexities mean that the current situation is not working for patients. There are so many …

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Suicide and M.E/C.F.S

For a number of years, it has been said amongst the global M.E/C.F.S community that there is an increased risk of suicide amongst our patient population. One research paper responsible for this belief stated; The researchers noted that the overall risk of death in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome seemed no different from the risk …

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Admit It So That We Can Progress

Many of the current problems experienced by the global M.E/C.F.S community are exacerbated by the many medical professionals who might recognise they have behaved appallingly to patients, quite possibly even harmed them, but are too ashamed or embarrassed to admit they got it wrong. As is said in this #StandUpForGigi video. One medical profession that …

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What Will You Learn? Learning Aims and Objectives

Our courses have been extensively researched and contain up-to-date information from within the global M.E./C.F.S community which includes patients, patient advocates, charities, scientists and researchers. Learners will benefit from the insider knowledge Managing Director Sally Callow brings as a patient (12 years) and from being a global M.E./C.F.S advocate since 2014. In this blog, we …

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Contaminated Blood

In general, the wider community doesn’t take the global Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome crisis as seriously as it should. Yes, it’s a crisis. In the UK alone, there are 250,000+ patients with an economic burden of over £3.3 BILLION per year (2017 statistics). Worldwide, most countries have not done any research into the condition or …

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Word of the Day – Baffled

I am baffled. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E./C.F.S) is not a new condition. The illness itself, under various names, has been around for at least 150 years (Florence Nightingale herself is said to have had an M.E-like illness and was bedbound for part of her life) and was classified as neurological by the World Health …

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M.E/C.F.S and Employment

This blog is inspired by an online conversation I had this evening with an employment specialist. His comment wasn’t taken negatively, it just made me aware that much more awareness is needed as to why Stripy Lightbulb CIC is needed. We were discussing M.E/C.F.S patients and employment, I was explaining that only patients with a …

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The M.E/C.F.S Foundation South Africa

Since becoming an M.E./C.F.S. advocate in 2014, I have had many conversations with people from outside the M.E./C.F.S community who are sure in their belief that people in less developed countries aren’t able to ‘give in’ to M.E./C.F.S. and have to ‘push through’. These people believe that M.E./C.F.S. is a developed-world illness that simply doesn’t …

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