ME Awareness Day

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May 12th is ME awareness day. Myalgic Encephalopathy, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is a life changing illness that sadly too many people suffer from. This day hopes to increase awareness and understanding of the condition.

I wanted to write a proper blog post about this but as I spent time this morning designing a new father’s day card, I’m really tired and my brain just isn’t working well. That’s pretty typical for me. I’m able to do a little bit in the mornings and then the rest of the day I’m tired and not able to concentrate or do much in the way of moving. I spend a huge amount of time in bed.

It’s not always been like this. I’ve had ME for a year and a half (and Fibromyalgia for 9 years) and I know that it won’t be like this forever. I’m determined to overcome this, however long it takes.

Thankfully I have a wonderful family supporting me and the cats are a constant medicine. Daz is incredible, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t survive without him.

Having Doodlecats is a lifesaver for me. There is no way I would be able to do a job that involves me leaving the house or doing lots of hours. Working from home on my little drawings is perfect and means I can work at my own pace. I am so grateful for it.

I’m doing my best to make the most of what I’ve got and life is pretty good, I’ve just learned to live within my limitations. One day I’ll be better but until then I’ll keep on drawing silly cats and smiling.

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The cats love that they get bed cuddles so much. They bring me so much joy, when I’m stuck in bed.

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9 Comments

  1. Cats are always the best “doctors”. Mine never leave my side when I’m sick.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  2. Hi Beth, thank you for being you and don’t give up hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel (which can sometimes be very dark and very long!). You make me smile everyday with your doodle cats and you have such a talent. Wishing you all the best and am sure you will overcome the CFS but in the meantime soak up those kitty cuddles! They make the best hot water bottles (plus they don’t go cold!!). Manda

  3. Hi Beth, thanks for sharing awareness about ME. I am very incapacitated by ME & Fibromyalgia, and also spend a lot of time in bed with my beloved kitties for comfort and company. You spread a lot of happiness through your drawings and your blog, Just goes to show that illness can’t keep a sunshine heart down 🙂 Bless!

  4. I love how many people are in the same boat! I too have ME & Fibromyalgia and my cats are always by my side when I need them – just their warmth and having a cuddly companion makes the bad days better – I am so glad to hear that kitties everywhere are doing the same too – bless you all xx

  5. Great post! I think there are many illnesses, that because people can’t see or don’t understand, get pushed aside. Many people think you are being lazy or want attention. I have PoTS and Hypochondria which makes me feel fatigued and limits me from having a normal full time job. Would I love a 40+ hour a week job? Heck yes! I would love to have the energy and courage to do that and feel “normal” but it is not possible at this time. While I don’t have ME or Fibromyalgia, I understand. We need to bring more awareness to Illnesses and Syndromes like ours. Let people know that we don’t want sympathy but understanding. I think kitty (or any pet) love is the best! I can be laying on the couch and having one of my fur babies next to me brings joy. You are an amazing artist and so creative. You bring joy in your artwork to many people and work hard. Never feel bad to have an off day because we will always understand. My kitties send nudges and wet nose kisses!

  6. hi.. sorry to hear that you are not feeling well..i agree catts are the best meds available.. i have myomatosis. .. and when that time of the month comes.. i have to lay in bed.. i simply dont work properly.. and my cats are there with me.. specially Gypsi.. my black kitty.. she lays near my face.. and stays there.. my dog Poochie.. lays near my tummy.. and after a while.. i feel much better.last year i had to deal.. with a severe depression.. and my cats helped me .. hope you feel better soon… !..
    p.s. my kittys say hi..
    i am writing you from Tijuana.. in Mexico..

  7. My mother also has M.E. and fibromyalgia 🙁 Rest well, and at least enjoy the cuddly time with your cats… (thank goodness for all our little fur balls!)

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