M.E Awareness Week @ hayleyeszti

M.E Awareness Week @ hayleyeszti
M.E Awareness Week @ hayleyeszti

M.E awareness week @ hayleyeszti.com



M.E Awareness Week @ hayleyeszti.com































M.E Awareness week @ hayleyeszti

M.E Awareness Week @ hayleyeszti

M.E Awareness Week @ hayleyeszti
M.E Awareness Week @ hayleyeszti






















































M.E Awareness Week @ hayleyeszti


Hair: Jake Gallagher www.jakegallagherhair.co.uk
Photo editing C/O Charlie Denis
Makeup: Tracy Jayne MUA


I am so pleased to finally be able to share with you my visual campaign as part of M.E awareness week. M.E in an illness that leaves a lot of people needing wheelchairs, but they aren't permanently disabled which can leave a lot of sufferers being accused of faking their disability. Not all disabled people are permanent wheelchair users, and not all disabled people necessarily even use wheelchairs. The sooner that misconception is demolished the better.

M.E is also an invisible illness. Only if you are willing to look close enough you can see the signs, but generally speaking it can't be seen, unless you are using mobility aids which would then suggest that something is wrong. Do I look sick in these photos? No, because I have a face full of makeup and my hair done. Sufferers can (as long as they are well enough to get out of bed) hide those black eyes, put foundation on their pale grey skin, put clothes on, and smile as if nothing is wrong. 

What you wouldn't know from looking at these photos is that they left me severely ill and in bed for days on end after, a symptom known as 'post external malaise' where our bodies suffer following activity and over-exertion. Yes we might be able to (once in a blue moon) go out for a while, but what you don't see is the weeks prior to a trip out are normally spent at home resting and preparing just for a few hours of normality, and weeks are spent in pain recovering from that one afternoon too. I think that is why a lot of people underestimate the severity of the illness - because the real extent of it is almost never seen. 

I wanted to do this photo shoot to highlight all of these points visually. Please share this post on your social networks and help me get the point across this awareness week.

M.E is alive inside of me, but the real me inside is just about surviving, she is definitely not living.




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