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Jo Jakeman | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
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Woman Aims To Write One Million Lovely Letters To Strangers Offering Them Hope

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An author and poet from Birmingham is on a mission to bring more hope to the world by writing one million letters to strangers. So far, 28-year-old Jo...

Five Ways To Support Someone With Chronic Illness At Events

Amani Omejer | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Today I have a wedding of one of my oldest friends, but I woke up in blinding abdo pain and with a crippling UTI. I should just stay in bed, but last year I missed 3 really good friends weddings because I was in hospital, so there is no way I am missing out on this one!

Rush Hour Pollution May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Tech

After learning that travelling on the London underground exposes commuters to high levels of toxic air particles, no one could blame you for wanting t...

I Became Chief Executive Of A UK M.E. Charity - And Then My Son Was Diagnosed With M.E. Too

Sonya Chowdhury | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sonya Chowdhury

Danny says the one thing that has really added to his severe exhaustion and frustration is having to continually explain how M.E. is not just feeling tired. By sharing his story, I hope that others affected by M.E. have to do this a little less.

People Share The One Thing They Wish Others Knew About Their Disability Or Illness

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

People living with disabilities or illnesses have shared the one thing they wish others knew about their conditions. In a Reddit thread entitled ‘Wh...

What My Experience With ME Taught Me About Life And Work

Alicia Norton | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Alicia Norton

Living with M.E has taught me an important lesson about agency and self-ownership. In an age where tangible goals seem increasingly elusive, it's no surprise so-called 'millennials' are focussing their energy on achieving balance, purpose and freedom in life and work.

Reimagining A Life

Laura Elliott | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Elliott

There's an odd permeation of feeling that happens when illness creeps into a life. It's a strange feeling to understand, both from within the illness and outside of it, but it's an even stranger undertaking to try and articulate that change.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is In Your Gut Not Your Head

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Tech

Scientists have discovered “further evidence” that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not psychological and could actually be caused by bacteria in the g...

Lyme Disease - Just A Minor Bite Or A Major Epidemic?

Janice Haddon | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Janice Haddon

You can try to protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers tucked into socks if you are out in nature. Use a good repellent and carry a tick remover with you. There is more advice on the Lyme Disease UK site.

'It Isn't Just In My Mind!': Four Problems in Diagnosis and Treatment of ME/CFS

Tayana Simons | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Alongside daily experiencing the debilitating symptoms of the condition, such as muscle pain, intense fatigue and cognitive impairments, those who suffer with ME also have to fight even to have it recognised. Here are four of the most common issues in the diagnosis, and treatment, of this life altering condition.

Five Things to Do... When You Feel a Flare Up Coming On

Lizzie Horgan | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Horgan

Getting pretty nifty at spotting a flare up from a few days away. They're - touch wood - becoming fewer and further between. But here is a little plan that I spring (log roll) into action when my throat starts unfathomably croaking and ears start aching.

Things I've Learned From Chronic Illness

Sarah Brook | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Brook

When you're recovering from a chronic illness, you're rarely thinking about how it might be a 'meaningful experience', a 'learning curve' or a 'very important time in your life'. You're mainly thinking about how sh*t everything is.

How The Prince's Trust Helped Me Through Severe Disability

Charlotte Elizabeth | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Elizabeth

Two years on from my original idea and I have now launched my business. I have one style of handbag in four different colours, waiting to enter someones life of memories and chapters. Though the basis of my business is about the design of my products, I aim to encourage other businesses to support our treasured craftspeople of the country.

'It's More Than Just Feeling a Little Tired': Five Things You Should Understand About Living With M.E

Tayana Simons | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Imagine what it would feel like waking up every single day feeling like you've had no sleep at all. Not being able to make plans because you're worried that you may be too tired to even talk when it comes to the occasion. Laying in bed, unable to move, your body aching, but adrenaline telling you to get out and enjoy the day when you barely have enough energy to make a cup to tea.

Woman Left 'Virtually Bedridden' Due To Little-Known Illness

Liverpool Echo | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Just 18 months ago, Faye Dempsey was your average 30-something who loved going out with friends and running to keep fit. But she has since been str...

Why Being Diagnosed With CFS Changed My Life for the Better

Sarah Brook | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Brook

Without a diagnosis, I was ashamed to live in my own sickly body. In a state of perpetual conflict, I'd psychologically disown it, wishing it belonged to someone else. I started lying to it, "You're fine - the problem is in your head".

You Aren't Entitled to an Opinion on My Chronic Illness

Rosie Fletcher | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Fletcher

I thought my media outrage was done for the week when Buzzfeed published an article that casually suggested people with disabilities are unattractive. Little did I know the front page of last Wednesday's Telegraph would scale new heights in Totally Overwhelming Nonsense.

Managing Chronic Illness: Why I Set Myself Weekly Challenges

Natasha Lipman | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

While my sense of lack of satisfaction is still very much there, and I find it hard to be proud of myself for going out or 'doing' something, I'm trying to take things one step at a time and realise that I'm working my arse off, and that's worth celebrating. And setting myself small, achievable challenges is definitely one way of helping me manage that.

10 Things People With ME Want You To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It's estimated that around 250,000 people in Britain are affected by ME, yet many people are still unaware of what it actually is. ME, or Chronic F...

Me and My ME - Ten Things You Didn't Know About Living With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Laura Roche | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Roche

The hardest part of having M.E at my level is that you feel dreadful but look fine. Unless you become a chronic illness bore and constantly regale people with tales of bodily woes, it's difficult to explain to people why you can't do everything you want and need to do.

It's ME Awareness Week: Here's What Living With ME Is Actually Like

Kayleigh Bell | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kayleigh Bell

In true British fashion usually 'I don't like to make a fuss'. Nothing kills a conversation quicker than when you respond to 'how are you' with 'physically and emotionally drained due to my chronic illness'.

Five Things People With CFS/ME Would Be Happy Never to Hear Again (And What We'd Like You to Say)

Penelope Friday | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Penelope Friday

Exhaustion, yes. But if only that were all! Oh, the fun and games of being constantly in pain, needing masses of sleep yet still waking up unrefreshed, and forgetting the words for every day objects. We're a bundle of laughs, we are.

Instinct, Illness and Finding Your Way

Roberta Verdant | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

Somewhere between childhood and my teenage years, I realised something: I wasn't straight. Eventual marriage to a man began to look less likely. Later I'd realise that my queerness was fine, great, even, but it'd take a while.

The Diary of a Hermit: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

Sophie Eggleton | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Eggleton

The frequency of brain fog and general lethargy has made the task of writing this feature an arduous one, so on this occasion you will have to absorb my story from my video tale. Rather than a finely-tuned scripted speech, I decided to just press record and see what came out on the subject.