Nineteen million people worldwide suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), but there has been a distinct lack of progress in treatment due to persistent trivialization and unclear definitions that equated the physical fatigue of ME with the psychological fatigue of the type seen in depression.
Due to this stigma, governments around the world have failed to provide adequate funding for biomedical research desperately needed to provide an accurate diagnostic tool.
The #BelieveME project hopes to address these misconceptions by encouraging people with ME to photograph themselves in their daily reality and to spread those images worldwide.
Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm has re-released her music video “Believe Her,” which discusses the pernicious disbelief of women, in solidarity with this mission. This new powerful version of the music video includes faces of people around the world who want to raise awareness about people being disbelieved for their illness. Support Kaeley’s work here.
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