This time next week, people from all over the world will be enjoying tea and cake in aid of M.E. charities, all because of a simple idea a very poorly 23 year old me had back in 2012. I feel elated, proud, and dumbfounded that ‘Blue Sunday’ continues to grow year after year.
The Tea Party For M.E. is for YOU.
You who has spent hours in waiting rooms only to be dismissed by doctor after doctor. You who has been neglected for months, years, or decades because you have a health condition with a cruel and inaccurate stigma attached. You who either doesn’t get invited anymore, or does but likely has to cancel or decline. You who has lost the life you loved and deserved.
I know it’s only a small compensation, if any at all. I know you don’t want a tea party; you want a cure! Or at least treatments that do not exacerbate your illness. (I’m looking at you Graded Exercise Therapy.) Or even to just be treated with respect by medical professionals; to have your symptoms validated rather than disregarded.
I can’t give you those things. There are people working to give you that, and that’s who we’re fundraising for. But for now I offer you a day online with people who ‘get it’. People who understand what you’ve lost. People who also wish and hope for better, in every sense of the word. People who are also trying hard each day to make the best of the hand they’ve been dealt.
I don’t think the very people who are living with the condition we’re fundraising for should have to miss out on the fundraising event. There is a lot we can’t do and a lot we miss out on. So why shouldn’t we have a fundraising event that is centred more around our health and our restrictive symptoms? Hence why there has, and always will be, the online/virtual aspect to the Tea Party For M.E.
So get planning what you’re going to bake/buy/eat/wear my friends! Only one week to go!
Everything you need to know is in the ‘Blue Sunday’ 2021 tab at the top of my blog page.