Every year an event called Millions Missing takes place in Countries across the world to raise awareness of ME and to help make it visible. People with severe ME are often forgotten because we are hidden away in darkened rooms, too sick to leave the house. At the core of the demonstration is a collection of shoes. Each pair of shoes displayed represents one person who is ‘Missing’ from the world due to this debilitating illness.
I wasn’t well enough to attend an event myself but my sister and her husband went to the London Millions Missing event to represent me, and I am so thankful for this. My sister collected photos and stories from ME sufferers at the event. With their permission I am going to introduce a few of them to you.
Firstly, in the main photo, is my wonderful sister Rozy.
Lucy wants more recognition from government and healthcare. #MillionsMissing London.
This is Jenny.
From the left Toby, Jacky, Emma, Lynn. Are supporters of people who live with ME. Lynn wants more government funding for research.
Vanessa and her mum Geraldine. Vanessa wants to be believed. Geraldine wants more funding and research so people can get better.
Jane and her husband Lawrence. Jane wants an end to GET and CBT. Lawrence wants to be able to do things together with his wife.
Amanda and her partner Talay want more funding for medical research and practical support and improved disability benefits and a cultural change so that disabled people are not viewed as an economic burden but as individuals who can make a valuable contribution to society. And better education for health practitioners.
Ruth and her husband Ian want Biomedical research and they want it now.
Lea wants the medical profession to take it seriously and recognition that people die from ME.
Cato wants for research and funding for research and access to the right treatment.
And lastly, a short video from the event. A big thank you to my sister and everyone else who attended all the #MillionsMissing events around the globe.