Meet Mollie - a woman with an illness called ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), and her family, Mike, Ellie and Eric. Mollie and her family help readers to understand what ME/CFS is, what it is like to have it and how it can affect their family life. Mollie can't always do things that other mums do because of her illness, which can sometimes be frustrating, but they share strategies that help them all to cope. The family also explain how ME/CFS can affect different people in different ways.
This illustrated book is an ideal introduction to this often misunderstood condition. It shows family, friends and anyone who knows someone with the condition how they can support someone with ME/CFS, and their family.
Jacqueline Rayner is an author, journalist and qualified teacher. She has written over 30 books, mainly for children, as well as articles for national newspapers and magazines. She has had ME/CFS for 20 years. Jacqueline lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons. Jason Lythgoe-Hay is an illustrator, graphic designer and sculptor from Greater Manchester.
Introduction. 1. What is ME? 2. ME symptoms. 3. About fatigue. 4. Good days and bad days. 5. Activity and aids. 6. Out of energy. 7. Role reversal. 8. Senses working overtime. 9. Forgetting things. 10. Friendships. 11. It gets you down... 12. Misunderstandings. 13. What's in a name? 14. Food for thought. 15. Questions and answers. 16. Children get ME too. 17. How teachers can help. 18. List of acronyms. 19. Facts and figures. Recommended websites and organisations.