Return of the Sun

A Winter Solstice Prayer for the sick Let me streak the sky gold with my fingers thenBreathe in its frosted kiss to quench my lungs.Let the brightening Sun soak through my skinAnd Light be all throughout reflected, returning the forces that nourish my frame.Yet, let the cool of the Earth fuse with my bonesAnd theContinue reading “Return of the Sun”

Shake it UP

Did you know in the UK that if you got sick and your doctor recommended a non-pharmaceutical therapy that made you worse there is currently NO mechanism to report to this? If they prescribe drugs that cause further sickness then we have the Yellow Card reporting system but if it’s physical exercise or psychotherapy whichContinue reading “Shake it UP”

Collateral damaged

Warning: This post contains my thoughts on vaccine harm following the covid-19 vaccine. It is neither anti nor pro. I remain committed to the protection of public health through social distancing, mask-wearing and immunisation, and I would have a further dose of a vaccine myself if one was provided which does not lead to theContinue reading “Collateral damaged”

Treasure

I couldn’t sleep. I had insomnia at both ends of the night, one of the features of M.E that I struggle with the most. I finally gave up around 6am and, with my stomach also awake, I decided to get up, go downstairs, make myself a cup of tea and treat myself to some gingerContinue reading “Treasure”

Undercurrent

I don’t have an invisible disabilty, I have a disability visibly ignored. You might, if you want, see it in my eyes if you look close enough; in my voice, with a keen ear. There’s even, sometimes, a smell. Sickly sweet. But yes, there are no obvious signs – no chair nor stick, and likelyContinue reading “Undercurrent”

Their Final Performance: ProtestNICE4ME

Image reads: THEIR FINAL PERFORMANCE 1.1.   Who better than those who profess to know minds to twist our actions? Those that have plundered the void to plug with their confidence (tricks). To keep those of us blighted by secrets locked tight in our cells bombarded by their (un)veiled attacks. To call us the aggressors in theirContinue reading “Their Final Performance: ProtestNICE4ME”

GET Lost

CAUTION: I am fairly new to this kind of advocacy so apologies that I published this before adding this caution. This blog post contains real experiences of people who have been harmed by a therapeutic intervention known as Graded Exercise Therapy and the stories could be upsetting and may trigger feelings of trauma, loss andContinue reading “GET Lost”

ME and the Virus that had never really gone

(This is the third part of my M.E story. If you haven’t yet, I’d recommend you read parts one and two, here and here.) In the early part of 2010 I packed my bags and headed to Peru. I had decided to have one last adventure before hitting my forties and quickly found myself 3000Continue reading “ME and the Virus that had never really gone”

P/o/EM

I wrote the poem below twelve days ago now. People with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) will recognise the play on a familiar term we use in my title – PEM, which is short for Post-Exertional Malaise. This is a time when M.E. symptoms intensify – the feeling of having no energy, heavy limbs, exhaustion and depletion,Continue reading “P/o/EM”

M.E and the virus that went away…for a while… (maybe)

(This is the second part of three of my story of M.E.  If you haven’t yet, I’d recommend you read part one here) 2nd Edit: Oops. I managed to forget a very significant event in my life, or maybe block it out, due to my desire to finish this piece and rest. I’ve added it now.Continue reading “M.E and the virus that went away…for a while… (maybe)”