And just like that it’s June, and May and M.E. Awareness month are done. I obviously carry on with my blog and my attempts at awareness raising all year round. So it’s business as usual. But I felt important to do a little round up post.
In May, £5906 was raised for the ME Association. £380 for Smile For ME. An unknown amount for other M.E. causes.
I’m uncomfortable with praise. Don’t really know what to do with it. I’m overconscious of coming across as smug and full of myself. And this post is not made in the hope that it’ll make you flood me with more compliments!
Since the tea party (on 17th May) I have had so many messages and comments of thanks. But I didn’t raise this much money on my own. We did it. All of us. Any one who joined in helped reach this magnificent total. SO many of kept the JustGiving link in you social media bio and shared it on your own blogs.
But someone commented on how I’d “given us all an opportunity to fundraise”. And I like that. I can take that. I made something that we could all get behind. Something that we didn’t have.
Growing up, we were encouraged to be quite modest. So it is uncomfortable for me to toot my own horn as it were. But I’m going to. It’s something I’m learning to do. It feels alien and I always want to add to a counter argument whenever I do it. But here goes.
I created the tea party that is now the focal point of many peoples’ M.E. Awareness week. Me.
When I created it in 2013 I had no idea it would come to be adopted by the UK’s leading M.E. charity and become the inspiration for their Go Blue 4 M.E. campaigns.
The version of myself that started ‘Blue Sunday’ was very, very unwell. Far more restricted than I am now. Her life was far smaller than it is now.
I’m allowing her this one immense triumph in a life filled with suffering, overcoming ordeals, and struggling to keep her head above water.
In a life where achievements can be hard to come by, I now celebrate every little thing. Making my own coffee. Using the oven safely by myself. Washing my own hair. Managing a shower without my bathboard. The tea party, as an achievement, is therefore off the scale.
Thank you so much for your kindness, your support, your donations, and for joining me for ‘Blue Sunday’ 2020. For many of you, it was your first year taking part. But for others you’ve been with me from the very start 💙