For those of you who don’t know today, (May 12th) is international ME awareness day. May is also the awareness month for all invisible illnesses which I will talk about a little bit later in this post..
Last summer I raised money for the ME Association by hosting a worldwide pyjama party for everyone who could get involved. It was just a simple idea where all you had to do was wear your pyjamas for the day to help me raise money and awareness for ME. The total came to £145, not including separate donations from bigger organisations.
If you are unsure about what ME is and how it can turn your whole world upside down then I already have a blog post ‘ What is ME/CFS?‘ where you can learn all about it just by just clicking on the link.
As I said at the start of my post I would explain a bit more about other invisible illnesses, remembering that the whole of May is international awareness month.
WHAT ARE INVISIBLE ILLNESSES?
“BUT YOU LOOK SO GOOD”
Invisible illnesses are ones where you may look fine on the outside but the truth is you cannot see the suffering that they are going through. What might be easy for you to do can be very exhausting and cause a lot of pain for somebody else. Below are some examples of only a few invisible illnesses.
M.E, FIBROMYALGIA, EDS, DEPRESSION, CANCER, HMS, LUPUS, ARTHRITIS, MS, DIABETES, IBS, LIME DISEASE, ALZHEIMERS, DEMENTIA – AND MANY MORE.
I hope that you now understand more about why raising awareness is so important to us sufferers. There will be a lot of blog posts from other sufferers about international ME awareness day and May being the international awareness months for all other invisible/chronic illnesses if you want to check those out too.
Sorry my post isn’t detailed as much as I hoped but I hope you have all learn’t something about how important awareness is. I will be doing loads more posts about my life living with ME (and Fibromyalgia) if you want to subscribe for email updates.
Happy ME awareness day!
All my love,