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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Thunderclap ME CFS Fibro MCS Change for Me

I haven't written in a while.  I have been so very ill.  And it makes for creative difficulties and loss of words makes for writing blocks. But I've managed to fall on my head twice in the last 24 hours and perhaps shaken just a few words loose - not necessarily in the appropriate order - but here we go.  

Yesterday after inexplicably getting up to stand on my day bed - a precarious feat of engineering made of stacked pillows and a layer of memory foam - on the fourth day of a gastro bug, when frankly getting out of bed has been a stretch, I then promptly fell straight from my feet to the floor some five feet or so below me, on my head and shoulder, with my ankle squished beneath me.  I managed to dislocate my shoulder, suffer a mild concussion and sprain my ankle.  Then again this morning when I lent over and mysteriously my centre of balance seems to be above shoulder level, so any time I lean further than that the magic of gravity takes over and plunges me forthwith into whatever obstacle lies before me.... in this case my walker, so same part of my head in the walker carry basket and same shoulder into the carpet.  Effing ouch doesn't even come close to it.
Despite seemingly insistent commitment to physical comedy, my body is just not up to such shenanigans.  And in spite of extreme exhaustion from all this funny business I am passionately committed to advocacy and awareness no matter what shape I'm in.

So please, as a reward for my surviving this week, help me by signing up to this Thunderclap (and no old folk it's not a storm as such).  If you have facebook, twitter or tumblr account (or multiple accounts) you can  use all of them to help Change for Me, my charity with co-founder Lee Lee to raise awareness and money to provide practical assistance to those with ME, CFS, Fibro and MCS.

Change for Me is a charitable organisation dedicated to providing information, support and advocacy for Australians affected by neuro-immune illnesses such as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Tick Borne Diseases, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Dysautonomia and Fibromyalgia. 

These complex, multi-systemic illnesses cause intense suffering, and approximately one quarter of sufferers are house-bound or bed-ridden, cut off from the outside world, and dependent on others for help with basic tasks such as preparing meals, bathing, and mobility. Yet these very ill Australians currently have very little access to basic support services.

Our vision is to help sufferers of these conditions feel supported, connected, informed and visible.  We need your help to make a change.  Please stand with us and fight.  Join this THUNDERCLAP to take over social media simultaneously so we can raise awareness and some money to support these brave warriors.