ME AWARENESS WEEK 2022

9th – 15th May 2022

#JustOneWish

ME Awareness Week is almost upon us and this year, from 9th to 15th May, we'll be asking you to make #JustOneWish.

It's the thirtieth anniversary of the event and – with Long Covid rampant round the world – the number of people being diagnosed with ME/CFS is growing exponentially day-by-day.

There are said to be 1.7million people in the UK alone who, months after being infected, still have symptoms of Long Covid, which in so many respects looks just like ME/CFS.

Please do something to help the ME Association meet the challenge of supporting these ever-growing numbers now and in the years ahead.

It's not too late to organise your own fundraiser to support us during ME Awareness Week. Download this little leaflet which has lots of ideas for easy-to-arrange fundraisers.

Or join in the stunning annual finale on 15th May – Anna Redshaw's annual Blue Sunday Tea Party which has raised £40,000 for the MEA since it started years ago.

If you've got the energy, have a cuppa and spoil yourself with a bit of cake at the same time as Anna. Sign into the party here . Remember to take photos of yourself and share them on your own social media.

Selina Greenway

Use the hashtag #JustOneWish whenever you can during the week.

The wish is what we have all been crying out for over the years – safe and effective treatments that make people with ME/CFS better.

With our links into the research community, the ME Association is well placed to generate funds that leverage new and promising biomedical research.

In the run-up to the week, we shall be highlighting lots of exciting fundraising going on all round the UK and putting up reminders about the big job of raising awareness of ME/CFS that still remains to be done.

This is your week. It's also best time of the year show that you are proud of your achievements and tell the world you're not yet prepared to be forgotten. Please make use of it.

Share ME/CFS awareness messages on social media

SUGGESTED MESSAGES

If you use some of our images on social media or are adding posts of your own we have some suggested messages that you could adapt and use shown below

I am a #pwME & I wish more #HealthcareProfessionals were knowledgeable & understanding about #MECFS. If you are an HCP, please take 10 minutes to visit the MEA's website page: https://meassociation.org.uk/fl3n & take advantage of free resources #MEAwarenessWeek20222#MEAW2022 #JustOneWish

I am a #pwME & I wish people listened and believed me when I tell them the severity of ME/CFS symptoms and how it affects me. Please take 5 -10 minutes to read all about ME/CFS here:https://meassociation.org.uk/1n2w #MECFS #MEAwarenessWeek20222#MEAW2022 #JustOneWish

I am a #pwME & I wish ME/CFS received adequate funding for biomedical research, so an effective treatment can be found. The ME Association continues to raise money for biomedical research, please donate here: https://meassociation.org.uk/3b7v #MEAwarenessWeek20222#MEAW2022 #JustOneWish

I am a #pwME & I wish that #LongCovid research will find answers that will shine a light on the plight of the ME/CFS community. Let's hope research can help both communities. #MECFS #MEAwarenessWeek20222#MEAW2022 #JustOneWish

Suggested wording could be adapted to ‘I am a carer' or ‘I support #pwME'

ME/CFS is a complex, chronic medical condition affecting multiple body systems and it has a wide range of debilitating symptoms. Please take 5-10mins to read all about #MECFS on the @MEAssociation website here: https://meassociation.org.uk/mecfs
#pwME #MEAW2022 #MEAwarenessWeek2022

USE ONE OF OUR GRAPHICS

#JustOneWish

These images can be used to spread the #justonewish messages and are available as posters to print or images designed for Twitter or Facebook and Instagram. Click on an image to get the full size version and then download to use.

Posters

Instagram and Facebook One Wish images

One Wish images for Twitter

ME/CFS SYMPTOMS

These images can be used to inform people of the key symptoms of ME/CFS and are available as posters to print or images designed for Twitter or Facebook and Instagram. Click on an image to get the full size version and then download to use.

Posters

Instagram and Facebook symptom images

Symptom images for Twitter

ME/CFS POSTERS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

These images can be used for sharing one wish quotes on ME/CFS and are available as images designed for Twitter or Facebook and Instagram. Click on an image to get the full size version and then download to use.

Instagram and Facebook images

Images for Twitter

MAKE YOUR OWN GRAPHIC

We have made some templates of our graphics which you can use to add your own picture and message. Please see the instructions below and then click on one of the links below

JustOneWish Images

Symptom Images

I wish images

Symptoms

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