Further to yesterdays post about the Daily Mail Article, I have had an initial response.
“Dear Mr Wormald
Thank you for your thoughtful response to the item about Samantha Cameron’s sister’s description of her period of suffering from ME. We are sorry to learn that you believe it to be outdated and inaccurate.
The account given of ME is based on what Emily Sheffield has herself reported of her experience, which is clearly different from yours. It is not intended as an objective or medical report and in reporting that she recovered in a sudden and dramatic way, there is no implication that she found a ‘cure’ applicable to other sufferers.
The item, which is part of a diary column focussing on celebrities, also summarises what has been the reaction in the past of some people, including professionals, to the condition. It states that the diagnosis ‘has been met’ with scepticism and ‘was dubbed yuppie flu’. It also states that sufferers ‘tend to be aged between 20 and 40’, when younger and older people are also afflicted.
Therefore while I cannot agree that the article is inaccurate I would like to thank you for taking the time and trouble to send us your views. Please be assured I have forwarded your e-mail to Mr Shakespeare. We appreciate all feedback as it helps to inform our journalists and the editorial decisions we take on a daily basis.
Well here we go again… M.E. doesn’t “tend to be aged between 20 and 40”. I’ve never heard or read anything about “yuppie flu” outside of the drivel we get in Newspapers.
If like me you continue to be disgusted about the way M.E. is represented in the Press please post comments about how the original article (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3141161/SEBASTIAN-SHAKESPEARE-stricken-year-says-Sam-Cam-s-sister.html (By Sebastian Shakespeare for the Daily Mail)) Made you feel.
Feedback is greatly appreciated I intend to write about this further.