A star is born – in Malta!

May 19, 2008

me-poster 2008-1.jpg  Photo: Brian Grech

From silent sufferer to eloquent and beautiful advocate for ME – that's the astonishing story of sixth-former Denise Vella, who lives in Malta.

Denise this month became the face – or rather two faces – for ME Awareness on the Mediterranean island as she linked up with the year-old ME Sufferers Malta support group to take the George Cross island by storm.

For three years, Denise suffered in silence as she did not accept her condition fully. As a result, her contacts with friends and teachers deteriorated as she failed to explain what she was feeling and her friends thought they were being rude if they asked.

This year, in a new school, she took the bull by the horns and, on the very first day there, she explained what her needs were, what she could manage to do and what she couldn't. She was surprised at the positive reaction she received from students and teachers.

She decided to put her new self-awareness to use. With the help of photographer Brian Grech and a local sponsor, she delivered this magnificent poster and a leaflet which are now being circulated in the island's hospitals, clinics and schools.

While planning the campaign, she also meet Mrs Kate Gonzi, wife of Malta's Prime Minister, who lent her full support and took a close interest in the ME Sufferers Malta website.

7 thoughts on “A star is born – in Malta!”

  1. Is there a ME group here in Malta? And a doktor that has interest in ME patiens? I am a Norwegian living in Gozo, have had Me since after an accident in 1999, l am 68 years old. Now they have a new study in Norway with a Kemoterapy medisine. I would very much get in touch with someone in the group? Toril Jacobsen

    1. Hello Toril

      I don’t know why the ME Sufferers in Malta website now seems to have gone off-line.

      But we have a very big open-to-all Facebook group, which includes many people from overseas, and I have just put this message up there:


      THE ME Sufferers Group in Malta – who allowed the ME Association several years ago to use their lovely ‘two faces of M.E.’ photo featuring Denise Vella – seems to have gone offline at http://www.mesufferersmalta.org/

      Is anyone here still in touch with them? The names Rebecca and Reuben Sultana, and another lovely lady I used to be in touch with on Alison Brown’s now defunct message board, come to mind. But I’ve not had contact with any of them for 2 or 3 years now.

      I’m asking because someone currently living on Gozo wants to get in touch and find out if there are any ME-friendly docs over there. Please PM me, if you don’t want to discuss in open forum.


    1. My hunch is that this particular Malta website has now gone off-line.

      Did you get my other messages about the new group that has got its own Facebook page?


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