A Poem About Life With Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
August 8 is Severe M.E. Awareness Day. A day to give a voice to the millions of people around the world who are living in isolation and torment due to the harsh effects of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
25% of people with M.E. are housebound or bedridden. The most severe living in darkness and silence for years... decades even. Neglected, misunderstood, vulnerable and severely disabled, yet they carry on fighting, waiting, hoping. Moment by moment. One day their breakthrough will come. One day they will be believed and helped.
This day is for them, we speak for them, we shine a light into that darkness and show the world what Severe M.E. is really like.
I submitted this poem for #MEAction's 2019 campaign for Severe ME Awareness Day. It is based on my own experience of Severe M.E. I have been housebound and mostly bedridden with a full time carer since 2015. I'm blessed to have help from my understanding family, but many others are not so lucky. Left to manage all alone in devastating conditions.
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Severe ME is...
Days and nights alone in bed.
Curtains closed, house quiet.
Breathless, heart racing.
Body pulsing, trembling, shaking and aching.
Pain stabbing, shooting, and radiating.
Skin tingling and itching. Limbs going numb.
Insides turning and burning, digestion exhausting.
Sounds hurting, light draining, so disabling.
Conversation nonsensical. Memory fading.
My experience ignored and misunderstood.
Neglected by those who are meant to do good.
Physically weak and feeling awful.
Despite all this, still chronically hopeful.
- Written by Char from ChronicallyHopeful.com
on 3 August 2019
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In 2018 I created the "Severe ME is..." campaign for Severe ME Awareness Day. Severely affected people with ME are asked to complete the sentence "Severe ME is..." in their own words.
The responses I get are powerful and heartbreaking. A very vivid look at the suffering this illness causes. Here are some of the responses I have got so far:
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