Well-Come to Agent for Change, a blog created by Marly Silverman, to serve as a catalyst for change that is much needed on the issues affecting millions of individuals stricken with neuroendocrineimmune disorders worldwide. Through this blog I want to share ideas, exchange, communicate and find solutions for everyday living. The goal is to pursue quality of life that will make a difference in the lives of individuals with neuroendocrineimmune disorders (NEIDs).

Saturday, April 30, 2011

IRISH MEDICAL TIMES-Doctor letter to the editor shows a remarkable level of arrogance, biases and callousness

I recently came across the link below. It is a letter to the editor to the Irish Medical Times online by a doctor stating his opinion on what I suppose would ME/CFS patient activism.

The ignorance of this (alleged) physician of the state of the knowledge of the  science for ME/CFS is blatant and high on the level of arrogance, biases, and callousness for his patients. He is yet to catch up to the science! He has no idea what ME/CFS really is. Even the scientific or medical  point of view he attempts to make is clearly exaggerated to the point that it lacks common sense. To this doctor, this disease is a figure of patient's imagination running wild because of the internet.

May he never experience the pain and suffering of what ME/CFS patients have to endure. Because if he falls ill to ME/CFS, and indeed he is at risk simply because of his line of work, well, we could then only hope that a simple act of personal redemption might cure him.

His letter goes along with the comment made last year by one of the members of the Lords Main Chamber in the UK when discussing CFS/ME suggesting it is an uncomfortable illness. There ought to be an award for these types of comments. Does anyone have any suggestions? 

Dr. Monagham, here is our message to you. We are no longer invisible. We will speak up for ME/CFS, since you cannot or refuse to do it. We will continue to require large priority funding for specific biomedical research for this NeuroEndocrineImmune disease in the U.S.  The same must be done in the UK. We will send the message loud and clear and based in the current science. We will get the right answers. Your opinion as an answer to what ME/CFS is, and as it is written in your letter, deserves and has only one place to go and where it clearly belongs- in the circular file

Meanwhile, in my subsequent posts I will attempt to share with you as many activities as possible being planned around the Globe to celebrate Awareness Day 2011. I am listing a few on this post.

Young people with ME/CFS - "Speak Up About ME", fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme disease and MCS/EI will provide testimony to the CFS Advisory Committee (CFSAC) on May 10 and May 11 in person, by video and by phone. These young individuals will be part of the Advocates Extraordinaire(TM) Advocacy Leadership program culminating with Lobby Days on May 11 for Pediatrics and May 12 for all ages and for NeuroEndocrineImmune diseases. We will be wearing t-shirts that can be purchased here. We ask you that if you are coming in person to do the same.

Time for Action (Robert Miller) is now coordinating a letter to President Obama. RESCIND is also asking patients to write a letter to President Obama and their efforts are complimentary and being coordinated too. 

Tom Hennessy, Jr, was the original creator of the International Awareness Day for NeuroEndocrineImmune diseases (on their site they use the term Chronic, Immunological and Neurological Diseases). We owe Tom our immense gratitude for his determination to to create awareness for ME/CFS. His good friend of many years Jerry Grayson has been instrumental in keeping RESCIND site running all of these years. Thank you Jerry for your dedication to the cause.

We encourage everyone to provide testimony to the CFSAC whether you live in the U.S. or not. We would like to see a long list of individuals providing testimonies along with the ones that will be there in person or are already on the schedule. Send your testimony today and it will be entered in the record. This is your opportunity to tell decision makers about our plight and influence outcome.
Be part of 2011 May Awareness Month by participating in the many events found in the U.S. and abroad. Take ownership of your future. Tell decision makers how they can help people with NEI Diseases. It’s up to you. It’s up to all of us.

Join me and together we are: One Voice, One Community, One Cause(TM).

Visit the site of the Coalition4MECFS.org.- A group of ME/CFS non-profit ME/CFS advocacy organization collaborating and dedicated to improving the quality of life of ME/CFS patients. These organizations will engage and mobilize governmental health agencies, the private bio-medical industry, researchers, health care providers and the public toward finding a cure for ME/CFS and related NeuroEndocrineImmune diseases. 

Here are so far the organizations which have joined the Coalition4ME/CFS.org

CFS/Fibromyalgia Organization of Georgia, Inc.
CFS Knowledge Center 

 ME/CFS Worldwide Patient Alliance winning Public Service Announcement video is awesome! This PSA created and produced by Lynn Bousquet will be sent and broadcasted on television and cable channels across the U.S. and abroad in the months to come.

Get your feet tapping at the inspirational video below. YOUR WORLD GETS VERY SMALL when you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or a similar condition, like Fibromyalgia (FM), Lyme, chemical sensitivities, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or Gulf War Syndrome (GWS).

P.S. Click here for a well thoughtful answer from Jane Colby, FRSA,Executive Director,The Young ME Sufferers Trust,Holder of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and click here to read some of the comments on Facebook including now letters from physicians addressing this (alledged) doctor's letter to the editor of the Irish Medical Times. 

BELOW ARE PICTURES OF PAST AWARENESS DAY EVENTS - Conferences, meetings, proclamation day letters and special fund raising events.