By: Jim Collingridge:
It's that time of year again: time to write cards, buy presents and choose party outfits... time to celebrate Christmas.
Thousands of people, however, won't be well enough to celebrate.
Imagine not being able to wish your friends "Merry Christmas" because you can't speak,
not being able to open the gifts you've been given because you're too weak,
not being able to have the Christmas tree lights on because they leave you feeling desperately ill,
not being able to eat roast turkey, Christmas pud or chocolates because you're unable to swallow (and too nauseous anyway),
not being able to kiss under the mistletoe because you're in too much pain to have someone close to you -
imagine spending Christmas Day lying in a dark, silenced bedroom whilst your family enjoy the festivities downstairs.
That's what Christmas is like for those with severe ME.
Want to do something to help them?
It's easy. Just take simple steps to support the promotion of the highly acclaimed book "Severe ME/CFS: A Guide to Living" (www.severeME.info). It is "the book every patient with severe ME has been looking for" says Vikki George, patient. The more widely it's publicised, the more help and support sufferers will get.
Click on the link below for details of what to do - it will take only a few minutes of your time.
And if you're a Facebook user: please, please use this message for your status. Give people struggling with severe ME the gift of public understanding by highlighting the pain and suffering that will be depriving them of Christmas.