The ME Association
Champion Bloggers

Honest and emotive blogs about ME/CFS
Beautifully written works

The ME Association is incredibly lucky to have a wonderful group of people who write honest and emotive blogs about ME/CFS and we call them the ‘Champion Bloggers.’

They write in a personal capacity as well as writing about topics and events of particular interest to the ME Association.

All our bloggers are strong advocates for positive awareness and are an asset to the charity. Their beautifully written work resonates with a great many people in the ME/CFS community and beyond.

We value everyone who takes the time to write blogs about their own experiences and to address topics we may suggest. Thank you to everyone who helped launch this concept in 2020, as it was your support that got it up and running!

This amazing team produce quality content that we share on social media to our large following and publish in ME Essential magazine. This helps promote their work and increases readership and we are very happy to promote them in this reciprocal agreement.

We are pleased to announce that subject to a final approval, we can offer all MEA champion bloggers FREE membership for 12 months which includes quarterly editions of ME Essential magazine and within our welcome pack a free awareness Pin-badge and ME Alert Card. 

We are always looking for more bloggers to lend diversity and different perspectives. If you blog about ME/CFS we would really like you to join us, please contact emma.jefferies@meassociation.org.uk for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Charlene Schoeman
Chronically Hopeful

Hi, I'm Char. I was born and raised in South Africa, lived in Italy for 10 years and then moved to the UK in 2010. Before falling ill I had a rewarding job working with disabled children, went to church twice a week, ate out with friends, exercised and regularly travelled back to Italy for holidays with my family.

In 2015 I had a viral infection from which I never recovered. I have been housebound and mostly bed-tethered since, living with my younger sister who is my full-time carer. Now, when I have a pocket of energy and symptoms allow it, I enjoy either reading, writing, making digital graphics, raising awareness on social media, drawing or painting. 

I'm passionate about raising awareness of M.E. and empowering others to do the same by creating shareable graphics. Through my writing, I aim to help others adjust to their new normal after diagnosis. I hope to put into words what living with M.E. is really like so healthy people can better understand what we go through

Clare Wood
Smiling Clare

Hi, I’m Clare. I was diagnosed with M.E. in 2005 when I had just started secondary school.

I went from an energetic girl, who almost always had her head stuck in a book, to being almost bed bound for 3-4 years whilst studying for my GCSEs, and struggling to read much more than a few sentences, let alone a whole book.

Between 2010 and 2017 I completed a degree part-time with The Open University. In 2019 I gained t he additional diagnosis of hypermobility. Physiotherapy began and to this day continues.

I also have autonomic dysfunction, in the form of Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, with other forms of autonomic dysfunction still under investigation. Currently unable to work due to the sheer number of hospital appointments, I live with my parents at their home in Essex, UK. My blog is my way of sharing tips and tricks for living with chronic illness, sharing my journey and generally a way of helping me cope; it includes the highs and lows of living, within the limits dictated by chronic illness.

Daniel Moore
The Low Side 

Hi I’m Daniel. I lived with M.E. throughout my adolescence for seven years in the 90s, missing most of my secondary education before going on to live a ‘normal life’ (other than my body rejecting high energy exercise!).

I’m a qualified social worker, having worked in fostering and children’s disability services for ten years before I became ill again in January 2018.

I live with my wife and two children in the farmhouse where I grew up in Northumberland and can go for weeks without experiencing civilisation! We have a dog called Hugo and a cat called Billy. I write reflectively about life with M.E. and enjoy reading, photography and writing poetry.

Denise Mijatovic:
Fragmented ME

A personal blog about living with ME/CFS written by a long term patient. Ill since 1984, firstly mild then moderate, now severe. Advocating for all with ME/CFS.

Emma England
Not Just Tired

Hi, I'm Emma, and I have been living with ME for the past eight years. I started my blog to help raise awareness of ME, by writing about how the illness has impacted on my life. I also share thoughts on how I'm learning to live well with it. Like many things when living with ME, blogging can be sporadic depending on my energy levels and/or other things that may have to take priority with my limited battery life!

I live in Saddleworth with my husband, our six year old son and our very friendly Cockapoo! I have a passion for photography, and if you follow me on social media, you will know I am rather obsessed with taking photos of our local canal! Prior to ME, I worked as a Medical Representative for a large nutrition company, and I was also a qualified Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer. I loved to travel, exercise, socialise with friends and keep active.

In the first few years of the illness, I found it extremely hard to accept no longer being able to do these things. Despite the many challenges and difficulties of living with ME, I try my best to find joy in the little things and share my #joyin.. the seasons, and #mydailythankyou challenges across my social media and blog.

Evan Kendall Francis
The Cornerstone for Thoughts

Hi, I'm Ev. You might know me from the ME Essential if you're a member where I write a regular feature in the magazine. I've lived with mild-moderate ME for the last four years. I also suffer from small fibre neuropathy too. I try and share the highs and lows of my condition. You can follow my work over on The Cornerstone for Thoughts or @cornerstoneforthoughts over on my Instagram too. I look forward to sharing more with you. 

Hannah Radenkova
Super Pooped

Hi, I’m Hannah, an illustrator and blogger from an incredibly flat part of England, called the Fens.

The main idea of my blog is to give me an easy way to keep friends and family informed about my road to recovery, and to help them understand my illness. 

This is primarily because whenever I have to talk to someone about her my situation, I suddenly become Monty Python’s black knight, cheerfully insisting I’m fine no matter how much I’m bleeding all over the forest floor. I am housebound with ME/CFS, and live with my parents/carers, and my cat, Jessicat Fletcher, who is part adorable, fluffy kitten, and part vicious hellbeast.

Isabelle Anderson
Basil and Clover

My name is Isabel and I created my blog to help me share my story, the story of others, as well as, give back and empower others. I cover topics such as women rights, mindfulness, disability and lifestyle. My aim is to make a positive change in people lives. I was first diagnosed with ME/CFS in 2010 and that diagnosis was confirmed in October 2021. 

I am a firm believer in the butterfly effect, I feel that using my blog as a platform is a great way for me to pass it forward and give back to society by sharing disability awareness, messages of self-love and empowerment among other things. So that you and I can become the best versions of ourselves, no matter what stage of life we are in, or what is happening in the world around us. 

Jenny McGibbon
This thing they call recovery

Hi, I’m Jenny, a Scottish graphic designer in my mid-twenties.

I’m particularly passionate about creating health content that is friendly, approachable, and honest. Chronic illness affects our lives as much as our bodies, and it’s time more people knew about it.

Jo Moss
A Journey through the Fog

Hi, I'm Jo Moss, I live in Norwich, UK. I have a severe form of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), which was diagnosed in 2006, although I had been sick for many years before this. I started my blog ‘A Journey Through the Fog' to give myself a voice after years of being too sick to communicate. I write to educate, support, encourage, & raise awareness of this highly misunderstood illness, and to fight the discrimination and neglect with often face. I discuss all aspects of my health openly. I hope by sharing my experiences I can help others along the way, but most importantly, I want to let people know they are not alone. I'm also keen to show that, although life with ME can be tough, it can also be a life worth living. I love to read, and I'm passionate about music – I even started learning to play the guitar from my bed. I look forward to connecting with you.

Kira Titmarsh
My Chronic Illness and ME

Hi, my name is Kira and I am a young adult with multiple chronic illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, M.E., arthritis and various mental health conditions. I want to raise awareness for chronic illnesses through my blog, Instagram and Facebook pages and ensure that no one feels alone and people understand what it is like for people living with chronic illnesses. I am training to be a primary school teacher, my dream since I was young. I also enjoy reading, watching TV, meeting up with friends when I have the energy and spending time with my parents.

Kirstie Sivapalan
Crystallising Dream

32 years living with M.E. Now finding meaning as writer and poet – one novel completed and seeking representation, another underway. I write poems and stories about our connection and disconnection to the world around us including living with M.E, spiritual and mental well-being, and social, political and environmental change. Once upon a time I worked in HR and still offer advice on employment issues if needed.

Lisa
The Unlikely Gamer: M.E. & My Island

Hello! My name is Lisa but I’m also known as The Unlikely Gamer. I was diagnosed with M.E. in February 2020. When I fell ill, I rested a lot and then started playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) on the Nintendo Switch. Living life on my ACNH island really helped to get me through the early stages of adjusting to life with a chronic illness. I work part-time, still play ACNH, and rest (a lot!). I have created my blog as a space to share my experiences, increase awareness of M.E., and to show my support for the amazing M.E. Community.


Olivia Hamill
Little World of Liv

Hi! I’m Liv, and I’ve been blogging about my chronic illnesses since 2020. I’m also studying part time for a Health Psychology masters, as I’d love to do more research into issues which affect people with chronic illnesses. When I’m not writing or studying, I’m usually reading or playing with my two dogs.

Sakara Pritchard
Living on lost time

Hello! My name is Sakara. I'm an artist, photographer, and musician- all things I love to bring into my blogging. The title -Living on Lost Time- refers to the assumption that a year spent sick is a year lost, yet my life is happening in every moment that passes. I want to share some of this reality with anybody who stumbles across my work, but most of all I hope to provide comfort to disabled &/or chronically ill people who relate to any elements of my experience 🙂

Sarah Wall
Me, Myself and Chronic Illness

Me, Myself and Chronic Illness is a personal blog of living with chronic illness when life is just beginning. My blog talks about living with multiple chronic illnesses in the form of M.E/CFS, Tourette's, Fibromyalgia, Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease (UCTD), PCOS and mental health. As well as hard hitting subjects such as symptoms, loss, work and relationships, I create blog posts on hobbies, films, books and crafting – because not everything is about illness.


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