M.E 'Through the Eyes of Artists'

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Exhibiting ART, WORDS, SONGS by artists from around the world, as they express the bone-crushing exhaustion, pain and hardship that is endured from, not living, but existing with ME,CFS and/or FM. With more awareness and help from healthy advocates, dedicated medical researchers and doctors, there's hope we will LIVE LIFE once again. I've linked images directly to the artists where possible. To read our stories, listen to our words or see more of our art, please follow the link with each image.

Amanda Francey
Writer and photographer Christina Baltais uses photographs inspired by Johan Deckmann to represent life with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Musculoskeletal System, Anthology Series, We Energies, National Institutes Of Health, Invisible Illness

ME anthology series

By Christina Baltais from Canada. "I love the work of artist and psychotherapist Johan Deckmann. He uses books and their titles, to convey universally relatable truths about life. This inspired me to create my own book series on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), to help raise awareness." @wordsasmedicine #mecfs #me #cfs #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #ChronicIllness #may12 #MillionsMissing #meAction #pwME #pwMECFS #chronicpain #ChronicallySick #Spoons #12may…

By Rian Schalk from Belgium. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, May 12, Neil Young, Take Care Of Me, Spoons, Live Life, Belgium

Take care of ME too

By Rian Schalk from Belgium. #mecfs #me #cfs #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #ChronicIllness #may12 #MillionsMissing #meAction #pwME #pwMECFS #chronicpain #ChronicallySick #Spoons #12may #ButYouDon’tLookSick

Atmospheric Inky Depths: Artist Interview with Illustrator Jacqueline Tam Chronic Fatigue Symptoms, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Outdoor Magazine, Sigmund Freud, Teaching Art, My Animal, Fibromyalgia, Illustrators

Jacqueline Tam

By Jacqueline Tam. For The New York Times Sunday Review about the issues surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Art Director: Alexandra Zsigmond. Received an Honorable Mention by 3x3 (2017) and was accepted into The Society of Illustrators (Illustrators 60) #mecfs #me #cfs #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #ChronicIllness #may12 #MillionsMissing #meAction #pwME #pwMECFS #chronicpain #ChronicallySick #Spoons #12may…

By Edith Mars. Postcard. March 2019, in times of social distancing due to covid-19. Pinterest: edithmars1967 #mecfs #me #cfs #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #ChronicIllness #may12 #MillionsMissing #meAction #pwME #pwMECFS #chronicpain #ChronicallySick #Spoons #12may #ButYouDon’tLookSick Distress Oxide Ink, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Clear Stamps, Mixed Media, Spoons, Mars, Artists, Times, Funny

Hang in there

By Edith Mars. Postcard. March 2019, in times of social distancing due to covid-19. Pinterest: edithmars1967 #mecfs #me #cfs #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #ChronicIllness #may12 #MillionsMissing #meAction #pwME #pwMECFS #chronicpain #ChronicallySick #Spoons #12may #ButYouDon’tLookSick

‘See ME’ is a cover of the song Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. The lyrics have been adjusted to reflect the lives of people suffering from Myalgic Encephalomye. Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars, Fourth Wall, The Millions, Belgium, Separate, Robin, Lyrics, Public

See ME

Song by Robin De Man and his son Seppe from Belgium. The song commemorates the millions who have disappeared from public life and were forced to live an isolated life between four walls because of ME/CFS. The song is a cover of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol with the lyrics adjusted to reflect living with ME/CFS. Please spread this song, the separate pictures cannot be used without permission. Front picture by Alexander Deprez #mecfs #me #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #MillionsMissing #meAction

MAY 12 International Awareness day for ME/CFS Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A serious, complex, multi-system, neuroimmune disease. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Motivational Stories, Body Systems, Maya, Artists, Eyes

ME? Lockdown was already my normal

The ME You Don't See - artist Amanda Francey #MillionsMissing #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #MECFS #Fibromyalgia #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain

Papercut art by Oscar Herodo from the Netherlands. www.oscarherodo.com #mecfs #me #cfs #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #ChronicIllness #may12 #MillionsMissing #meAction #pwME #pwMECFS #chronicpain #ChronicallySick #Spoons #12may #ButYouDon’tLookSick Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Spoons, Live Life, Netherlands, Sick, Artists, Eyes

Papercut art by Oscar Herodo from the Netherlands. www.oscarherodo.com #mecfs #me #cfs #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #ChronicIllness #may12 #MillionsMissing #meAction #pwME #pwMECFS #chronicpain #ChronicallySick #Spoons #12may #ButYouDon’tLookSick

Kristel Toussaint, Kiki, from Belgium. My feelings, my thoughts. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, In My Feelings, Spoons, Belgium, Artists, Thoughts, Eyes

Kristel Toussaint, Kiki, from Belgium. My feelings, my thoughts.. #mecfs #me #cfs #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #ChronicIllness #may12 #MillionsMissing #meAction #pwME #pwMECFS #chronicpain #ChronicallySick #Spoons #12may #ButYouDon’tLookSick

🌿 Seasons of ME Photography Series 🍂 - Christina Baltais Photography Series, May 1, Spoons, Sick, Reflection, Canada, Wonder Woman, Community, Artists

Seasons of ME- narrated video

Christina Baltais from Canada. "This photo -Endless Winter- is from a photography series ´Seasons of ME´, and offers a reflection on the passage of time when you are lying in bed sick, and explores how each season can act as metaphor for this disease. I created a narrated video alongside the photography, to raise more awareness for our community."@wordsasmedicine #mecfs #me #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicIllness #MillionsMissing #meAction #pwME #pwMECFS #Spoons #12may…

By Yvonne Smits- van Hek from the Netherlands. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Blue Ribbon, Spoons, Netherlands, Around The Worlds, Van, Artists

Blue ribbon

By Yvonne Smits- van Hek from the Netherlands. #mecfs #me #cfs #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #ChronicIllness #may12 #MillionsMissing #meAction #pwME #pwMECFS #chronicpain #ChronicallySick #Spoons #12may #ButYouDon’tLookSick

  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Know The Truth, 20 Years Old, Grief, Of My Life, Wilderness, The Cure, Medicine

Wild Blood

Art and Words by Christina Baltais from https://www.instagram.com/wordsasmedicine/ – “It’s about my longing to be deeply connected to the earth and her rhythms. It’s about the grief in having limited access to nature because of prolonged illness. I’ve come to an understanding with myself; you can take a woman out of the wilderness, but you can never take the wilderness out of the woman. It is innate to who I am, and can never be lost.” #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicIllness #MECFS

#MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #MillionsMissing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, All Body Systems, Relapse, A Day To Remember, Blood Test, Single Parenting, Thats Not My, Wisdom

I pushed too far, I pushed too long

#MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #MillionsMissing

New illustration by Amanda Francey – All Out Of Tears – “My soaring spirit trapped inside a torture chamber that is my body.” ~ Amanda Francey, 28/08/2020 #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #MillionsMissing #LongHauler #AutoimmuneDisease #Autoimmunity #illustration #illustrator #AllOutOfTears Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Cellular Level, Autoimmune Disease, Amanda, Illustrator, Spirit, Artists, Eyes

I caught a virus and never recovered – PART TWO

Over the last seven years I have felt my life become smaller and smaller – with each new limitation peeling away part of myself – layer by layer – si…

By Christina Baltais - It’s #SevereME Awarenesss week. 1/4 of #pwME are severe, yet ME remains the lowest funded disease in proportion to disease burden. I froze a blue rose to symbolize the abrupt halt and shattering of ones life when you develop this disease. #MECFS #meawarenesshour #severeMEweek One Life, Frozen, Artists, Eyes, Blue, Human Eye, Artist, Frozen Movie

Frozen

By Christina Baltais - It’s #SevereME Awarenesss week. 1/4 of #pwME are severe, yet ME remains the lowest funded disease in proportion to disease burden. I froze a blue rose to symbolize the abrupt halt and shattering of ones life when you develop this disease. #MECFS #meawarenesshour #severeMEweek

Artist - Ilse Sjouke #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #MECFS #pwME #MEAwareness #MEAwarenessHour Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Artists, Eyes, Human Eye, Artist

The face of happiness

Artist - Ilse Sjouke #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #MECFS #pwME #MEAwareness #MEAwarenessHour

Artist Katie Los #MillionsMissing #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis Live Life, Artists, Eyes, Painting, Image, Painting Art, Paintings, Human Eye, Artist

Self Portrait M.E.

Artist Katie Los #MillionsMissing #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis