For those affected by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome
People with M.E. and family members/carers run the charity, so we know the challenges that people with M.E. encounter. We know that these difficulties are not just confined to the physical difficulties but also that emotional and financial/benefit difficulties can result.
Many of our resources such as telephone support, informal social gatherings, our annual conference and this website are all free and can be accessed by members and non-members alike. However, if people wish to support the charity and become members (for £5) they can receive our bi-monthly newsletter, borrow M.E. related books from our library and can borrow equipment.
Please feel free to browse our website or contact us for more information.
Our Group's New Patron
Our group is pleased to announce that best-selling author Katie Flynn has kindly agreed to be our patron.
Katie writes for Random House and has now written over fifty romantic novels. A number of these novels have been set in our own county of Shropshire, undoubtedly this is because Katie lives just in the next county.
Katie has a lots of empathy for people with our illness, largely due to the fact that Katie has lived with M.E. since 1996, sharing her many difficulties with her readers on her website.
To find out more about Katie and her work, click on the link below.
Smeg 'on air'
Thanks must go to SMEG committee members Jonathan and Monica who discussed M.E. with BBC Radio Shropshire's Paul Shuttleworth on his show. The interview lasted for almost thirty minutes it was quite thorough as the Paul already had a good awareness of the illness.
If you missed the interview you can download the interview here.
Summer Picnic Review
Eight members, spouses and my partner met at the Secret Hills Centre, Craven Arms, for a picnic. This meant that we could all bring our own diet food, or make use of the café. After an hour of cloudy weather, four of us sought shelter inside. We all felt it was great to meet up, chat about our experiences – both ME and our other lives.
This was an easy to organise event. Find a place that is accessible, has an area where people can eat their own food if necessary, and has toilets. ( most important!) This could be a garden centre, museum space, or café. Make sure that someone could be there to meet and greet should you be unable to attend, and let us know the date.
Observation by Julie at the picnic: "The good thing about ME is you can watch the same DVD over and over again and still not remember the ending."
Picnic reviewed by Maralyn