It has all been a bit surreal, extremely overwhelming, and crazy, but a good crazy! The support so far has been amazing and I am so so pleased to see how positive the response was from not only the general public, but also other chronic illness sufferers. We are hardly ever seen in the national media, and when we are it isn't always a true reflection of what we have to deal with daily. I hope this story was good. I hope it highlighted just how serious and devastating M.E can be.
I also wanted to explain a bit more about why I am branching out as a disabled model. There was a comment on the Daily Mail article which said models are not important, which I couldn't disagree more with, ESPECIALLY disabled models. We need people to look up to, people we can relate to, and since I've needed a wheelchair and mobility aids myself, I have noticed how under represented we are in the media and in society. I'm doing this to help raise awareness and to show that we are not invisible. The amount of people who have come forward since the articles were published and said how glad they are to see M.E in the press is ridiculous, there were literally hundreds and hundreds. We need to know that people are doing things to help combat the ignorance or misunderstanding of the illness. The illness can strike anyone, at any time just like it did me. I think it gives people hope that we are being seen and being heard and having M.E featured in several national newspapers is a damn good place to start with that!
I want to take this opportunity to thank you all, from deep inside of me for the love and support you give me. I never would have thought a year ago this would be possible let alone actually happening. I was always saying how much I wished we would see more stories, true and honest stories of M.E in the media and never thought I could be contributing to some of it. I also want to thank everyone who reads this blog and follows me on my journey. I hope I inspire you in some way. I hope I help to remind you that life is precious and to make the most of what you have. Never give up, never loose hope and never let anyone or anything make you invisible, because I can see you!
'The measure of who we are, is what we do with what we have'