Ride the wave !

Ride the Wave !


My day started long before dawn yesterday, with Linda so ill on so many levels ,it was all I could do not to explode with not knowing how to help her, with my helplessness in the face of overwhelming suffering.


Of course I could not attend the demo in London;but looking at the pictures last night I had to wonder would I have crossed the street and joined in  ? With great respect and all credit to those who struggled, at who knows what cost to get to London  , I really do not want the see the one  I love  portrayed  as Micky Mouse or as  an object of contamination .


A friend has emailed to say they hope passers by were not confused by the message being given out.


That said, there is something wonderfully uplifting  about  those pictures on standup2me, the XMRV issue does seem to have  come over and there is  a  strong,positive  presence that you can feel.


The imagery issue though cannot be ignored. It's estimated that 40 protesters attended - but how many more were put off by the inappropriate mouse ears ? Maybe we can all learn something from this ??   


What  gives me great hope today  is the wave of protest that now seems to be sweeping through  the ME Community  , particularly exemplified on :


http://standup2me.blogspot.com/2010/11/92-me-blood-ban-protestuk-policy-change.html

with its  message  :


Dear …...,

"Stop allowing policy to support the refuted psychiatric model of ME/CFS, which presumes that ME/CFS has no organic basis and is therefore contradictory to current science and research on XMRV and other viruses. Pledge to make a definitive policy change NOW. Patients and their families are waiting."

If you haven't already ,please do see the excellent , short,  XMRV Epidemic are you next ? 



Malcolm X  once said : truth is on the side of the oppressed, let's face it : with the  research figures suggesting  that perhaps 10 million people in the United States, and hundreds of millions worldwide, could be infected with  a blood-borne virus for which the pathogenic potential for humans is  still unknown, with the evidence that people have contracted ME/CFS  after receiving a blood transfusion (De Meirleir et al, 1999), with all that is about to literally  explode  on XMRV next year ,  the truth that illnesses like ME have to be taken seriously , is now  completely overwhelming .


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