My Countrywide Millions Missing Action, May 2018

Yes, I am one of the #MillionsMissing but my wonderful friends, all over the country, enabled me to be ‘present’ and to represent some of those Millions Missing.
So yes, you can see us now.

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Getting a hug, as promised, from Ali Head at #SouthamptonMillionsMissing — with Ali Head.

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With Cllr John Lethbridge Mayor elect for Durham County, Jo Hellens and Jennifer Elliott CEO of ME North East at the #MillionsMissing Visibility Action Durham City Marketplace May 12th 2018 — with Jennifer ElliottRobert Rickerby and Joanne Hellens.

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Finally getting to meet Abbie Grant at #SouthamptonMillionsMissing May 12th 2018 — with Abbie Grant.

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I’m about to turn round and look at the empty shoes of *400 Missing* people living with ME at #SouthamptonMillionsMissing , May 12th 2018

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This picture amazed and delighted me. My friend of 30 years, who I can never see due to my being bed-confined and unable to receive visitors, is not even a member of the ME awareness-raising movement. But, created this silhouette to represent me, just in case we marched on the castle with flaming torches! At the #DurhamMillionsMissing Visibility Action May 12th 2018.

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Here I am at #DurhamMillionsMissing. May 12th 2018 There’s a certain irony about this photograph. My posterboard is in my wheelchair, but in reality I, myself, have been too ill to physically sit in a wheelchair and maintain an upright position since 1993.

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This is Isla. She is my/ our youngest supporter so far. Isla is 5 years old and she and her mother Kirsty shared my story at the #ManchesterMillionsMissing UK, May 12th 2018.

Isla looked at my photo and was very worried about me.
If only Jeremy Hunt, UK Minister for Health & Care would show the same humanity.

Let’s encourage new generations and acknowledge their compassion. — with Kirsty Edgson.

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With Claire Tripp at Radio Solent raising awareness of ME and very severe ME during ME Awareness Week May 2018.
Credit: Tom Mitchell’s fantastic advocacy seen on his posterboard bottom right. You can read all the words!
 — with Tom Mitchell.

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Another very special friend who also travelled to Durham and who still supports me *after 25 years* with practicalities and with the hellish, relentless bureaucracy that is life with ME, in the UK 2018. — with Dawn Young.

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Cllr John Lethbridge Mayor elect for Durham County, Jennifer Elliott CEO of ME North East, Anita Roddam ‘in’ the wheelchair, Zoë Williams (pictured) in the horizontal wheelchair, Tom Mitchell (also pictured) Dawn, Jo Hellens (kneeling), Janette C. and Janet Robson, Mum of Amy, at the #DurhamMillionsMissing Visibility Action Durham City Marketplace May 12th 2018.
Photo credit: Amy Harbottle

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And then I got to ‘go’ with Abbie Grant to ‘see’ the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth at dusk, just lighting up blue for ME Awareness.

 

#CanYouSeeMeNow #Youcanseeusnow #DurhamMillionsMissing#SunderlandMillionsMissing #SouthamptonMillionsMissing#ManchesterMillionsMissing #EdinburghMillionsMissing#BristolMillionsMissing

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What The UK Minister For Health & CARE Needs To Know

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What else does the UK Minister for Health & CARE not know about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis?

That for 250,000 UK ME patients there is: 
NO CARE
NO Appropriate Guidelines/ Policy
NO Teaching NO Knowledge
NO Doctor NO Consultant
NO Research NO Treatment
(ME is not taught in Medical Schools or Training Colleges)

WHAT ME PATIENTS NEED

6 POINT PLAN:
1). Allocate funding commensurate with disease burden for Biomedical Research into ME
2). Dangerous practices of GET and CBT to be removed immediately from NICE guidelines
3). ME to be taught in Medical Schools and training colleges including Acute & Community care
4). Appointment of trained ME specialists/consultants
5). All General Practitioners and Consultants to be informed
6). Treatment

Too Ill To Be Here

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“…one of the biggest medical scandals of the 21st century” – Carol Monaghan MP, PACE Debate Westminster Hall February 5th 2018

• MISSING since 1979
• BED-CONFINED since 1987
• TOO ILL to be helped into a Millions Missing t-shirt
• TOO ILL to tolerate having a better quality photograph taken
• TOO ILL to begin my 40th year of total & absolute medical
neglect
• And, TOO ILL TO BE HERE

Millions Missing: The Human Toll of ME: Anita Roddam

First published on Facebook by MillionsMissing Canada · 9 February 2017 · 

A force to be reckoned with, it’s amazing to reflect on the many projects over the last thirty years that Anita Roddam has not only participated in, but has also initiated and executed from her bed.

In addition to the video she made, which introduced us to Anita last weekend, she was a ‘virtual’ participant in both Millions Missing Marches held during 2016, sending shoes to Washington DC and London England for the inaugural event in May, while Bristol and Oxford received her shoes in September.

The banner that covers Anita in the photo, was first sent down to London for an event in 2003. Disgracefully, thirteen years later, little has changed, and the very same banner that was used then, was used again…for the very same purpose, because the very same demands and the very same needs remain unrecognized and unmet.

Silence from our governments is costly to those of us with ME who call upon them seeking care and equity in our health care system. Silence of this magnitude cannot be easily appealed to, reasoned with, nor can any megaphone break through it. We must find new ways to penetrate this kind of deafness.

In spite of extreme confinement and excruciating daily hardship, Anita has painstakingly carved out an active advocacy life for herself that has resulted in meaningful reverberations for the entire ME community. It’s truly remarkable what she has managed to accomplish.

There’s lots more stories to tell about Anita’s life and her indomitable spirit. We hope to be revisiting with her again in the future. Meantime, if you would like to send a message of gratitude to her or just reach out to say hello, you can do that through our email account at millionsmissingcanada@gmail.com and we’ll be sure she gets it.

We have thousands of people around the world fighting for ME with stories to tell. We have hundreds right here in Canada. Remain anonymous if you wish and…

Tell us yours!