Friday, 1 May 2015



Today is May Day. Here in France it’s called La Fête du Travail or La Fêtedu Muguet. It’s a public holiday. The French greet each other with a sprig or small bouquet of Muguet (Lily of the Valley), a flower that is considered a lucky charm. The tradition dates back to the beginning of the century.
Today is also the first day of a month of International awareness for the spectrum of illnesses called Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases which includes M.E.
May 12th is International Awareness Day. You can read more about it and my poem dedicated to that day in my previous blog.
In previous years I have done a lot of awareness raising for The Big Sleep for M.E.
This sort of awareness raising takes its toll on those like myself and others who already face the challenge of living with a long term chronic illness like M.E.
So this year I am taking a step back. I also have personal reasons which need my attention. So sadly I’m unable to contribute at the same level.
Yet I encourage others to take part in awareness raising, even in some small way. Every little effort helps.
Please feel free to use and share any of my poems or blogs which you can find here and on my face book page.
Some of my poems have been wonderfully illustrated by fellow sufferers and convey very powerful messages about what’s it like to live with M.E.
You can also buy my book and share with others to help raise awareness and understanding.
It's available worldwide but here are some of the links on Amazon
In paperback from Amazon UK
Kindle version from Amazon UK
All money I receive from the sales of my book in the month of May I will donate to Invest in ME
So what are you going to do? 
I hope you have a good month of May.
In the french tradition I wish you Bonne Chance
A bientot
From the French Femme

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