Journal of IiME Volume 5 Issue 1 (May 2011) ME AWARENESS MONTH 2011 People who suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) are forced to live in a bubble – a bubble created from ignorance  ME is a neurological illness  ME patients are banned from giving blood for life  Over 60 outbreaks of ME have been recorded worldwide since 1934  ME is 3 times more prevalent than HIV/AIDS – twice as prevalent as MS  25% of ME patients are severely affected - housebound, bedbound  25,000 patients are children  ME is the largest cause of long term sickness absence from school for pupils and staff  ME patients have no approved drugs for treatment  ME patients have no access to specialist ME consultants  ME does not discriminate, anyone can be affected  There is no centre of excellence in the UK that treats and researches ME as a physical illness. UK Charity Invest in ME wants to change that - Please Help Us BURST OUR BUBBLE Invest in ME (Charity Nr. 1114035) Charity Nr. 1114035 www.investinme.org Email: info@investinme.org 6th Invest in ME International ME/CFS Conference 2011 20th May Westminster, London ge 58/58

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