My older sister Melissa suffers from ME, and it impacts and affects her day to day life routine drastically. Although my sister is mobile and able to care for herself and her two little ones, the symptoms of ME and how long they last affect just how much she is able to do. Melissa has suffered the symptoms of ME since she was 15 and after so many hospital and doctor appointments throughout the years, she was finally diagnosed in 2014 at the age of 25. Melissa has both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ days, but the ‘bad’ days seem to be becoming more and more frequent as time passes on.
Melissa is continuously told her illness is NOT a ‘real’ illness and is given little help. Melissa was not taken seriously for years and it wasn’t until she reached her worst days that alarms were raised and she was finally listened too.
A good day for Melissa is waking up, and managing to function through the pain. However, there is days where Melissa is in such agony, she can’t.
Melissa has a huge heart and would love to participate in fundraising for the cause of ME, in hopes of one day finding a cure. However, due to how much her health and energy is deteriorating now, she can’t, so I will be doing it in place for her.
"....doctors do not treat us and science does not study us. How could a disease this common and this devastating have been forgotten by medicine?" Jennifer BreaME Research UK believes that only biomedical research can find the causes of ME/CFS, improve diagnosis and treatment, and, ultimately, arrive at a cure. That’s why research is our focus. We've awarded 47 grants since 2000 and invested over £1.5million. But research is expensive and becoming more so every day. That’s the challenge we face, and that’s why we need your help”
Even the littlest donation goes a long way in the process of finding a cure.
Please help ME sufferers, like my sister, survive their illness.