A condition such as ME presents not only a challenge to the patient who receives the diagnosis, nor only to the family where a child or partner contracts the illness. It tests the values and the fabric of a community. How does the community react?
For future use the charity has produced a booklet - WE - A Community and ME.
The reactions and experiences describe how prepared or willing it is to overcome the challenges and support the patient with ME.
The idea behind the booklet is to provide an easy to read guide to demonstrate how people with ME are preceived by elements in the community and the issues that arise and an overview of how ME affects a community.
Thanks to funding from an Awards for All grant Invest in ME Research have been able to have this booklet printed that has been produced by the team.
The distribution of the booklets has begun and are available to be distributed to anyone who will find them useful when dealing with various interactions with different people or organisations - subject to stock and charity resources.