Some of you may have heard of an illness called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, otherwise known as M.E. It very sadly tends to be overlooked as an illness, mainly because there are no visible sign or symptoms. I'm really no expert, but one of my best friends, Poppy, has had the illness since she was around 10, so it's been something very much in my life for a good while now. (I'm not claiming to know what it's like to have it nor am I claiming to be an expert, but I have seen one of the people I love most in this world have a very serious case of the illness, so I have seen how M.E can affect people first hand.) M.E. needs to be much more accepted.
I'm not going to go into too much depth as I think this is Poppy's story not mine, but all I say is that M.E. has been awful for her to have (although there have been good parts, like all the friends she's made through it!) and for people like me who love her to pieces to watch - at one point last year she was completely bed bound. She's thankfully recovering more and more each day, but M.E. is still something that affects her life hugely. Before I say any more, I'd love you to look at this video she made last year for M.E. awareness week - it would mean the world if you could share it, 'like' it or tell others what you've learnt from it.
Please also bear in mind while watching that Poppy made this whole video while having M.E., which made it even harder for her to make the video - it takes a lot of time and energy, which for M.E. sufferers are very valuable things! Thank you for watching, it means the world to both of us!