Recently one of my friends in the M.E. community gave up her battle against living with pain and died of an overdose. Her mother has urged us to continue to fight against this horrible disease.
It's hard to keep fighting when we live with constant pain, poor health, no hope, no effective treatment, lack of support, lack of understanding, lack of recognition and always having to fight for benefits. It's hardly surprising that many with M.E. take their lives.
BUT we need to keep fighting so that this situation changes.
I try to do this through my poetry and my blogs by increasing awareness and understanding as well as raising funds for the charity Invest in ME Research.
A percentage of all of sales of my books is donated to Invest in ME Research and I have set up Just Giving pages.
So I'm proposing that during the first week of December all proceeds of the sales of any or all of my books will be donated to Invest in ME Research
My books are available in paperback and kindle editions on Amazon.
The following is a summary of my books so far and I give the links to Amazon UK but they can be found worldwide.
My first book of poems is entitled 'My A- Z of M.E.'
This book is a collection of poems about M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). They have been written from personal experience of living with M.E. for over ten years and also inspired by others suffering the same. This book is a must read for those living with M.E. or anyone facing the challenge of living with a chronic and invisible illness. It can also be used to help friends, family and anyone wanting to understand M.E. I hope this book will make a difference to the understanding of M.E. and help others to no longer feel alone with their illness.
My second book of poems is entitled 'So many symptoms'
This is my second collection of poems about M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). These poems have been written from my own personal experience of living with M.E. for over 15 years. They are also inspired by and reflect the feelings of so many others who suffer the same as myself. My poems may also relate to those who suffer with a different long term chronic illness. This book is a must read for those living with M.E. or anyone else facing the challenges of a chronic and invisible illness. These poems may also help friends, family and anyone else wanting to better understand M.E. I hope this book will make a difference to the understanding and perception of M.E.
My third book of poems is entitled 'Life, love, loss and a whole lot more'
This is my third collection of poems and is about my life, the love in my life, the influences in my life, the loss of love, the loss of friends and family, the loss of good health, places and moments in time and a whole lot more besides. Whilst I have enjoyed reading poetry for most of my life it has only been in recent years that I have taken to writing my own poetry. Since becoming ill in 2003 I've had more time to think and reflect on my life. Many of the poems are personal to me. This book, which includes photos, will give you a glimpse into the world of 'The French Femme'.
My fourth book is entitled 'Life, love, loss and a little more'
This is the same collection of poems as my third book but without the photos so is more affordable for those with limited resources.
We can all play a part in this fight, no matter how small.
So please consider ordering one of my books in the first week leading up to Christmas. Perhaps it could be a present for one of your friends or family or perhaps you would like to have one of these books as a present for yourself.
Join me in this fight.
et au revoir
The French Femme xxx