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ME/CFS: A disease at war with itself
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Living Despite It All (featured in Germany's leading newspaper)

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Elpeee, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. Elpeee

    Elpeee

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    Hi!

    I wanted to share the English translation of this ME article published in Germany's FAZ.NET (akin to the NYTimes). It was featured on the homepage on May 19. The translation appears on the same page as the German original.

    It's a quite personal and thought-provoking piece that resonated deeply with German PWME. I hope it speaks to you too.

    Click on this link, scroll to the end of the German text, and that's where the English starts:

    http://blogs.faz.net/10vor8/2014/05/19/wie-man-trotzdem-lebt-2-1470/

    There's such a dearth of media attention or understanding of ME in Germany--not to mention the forcible holding of severe ME cases in psych wards--that any accurate or empathic reporting is desperately needed. Ideally, the more hits this piece gets, the more the FAZ will be encouraged to pursue future ME coverage.

    Thanks for reading!
    Elpee
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  2. Elpeee

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    Oh! My apologies for not introducing myself yet. I am new here. I have been ill for over 11 years, but was diagnosed only in year 7, by which point I had become housebound and mostly bed-bound. I live in Berlin. Treatment options here are redunk. I sometimes go underground for months, I sometimes exist into a haze of online activity. I do little drawings. Lately I am trying to write again. I have a cat. And I might just be the "American cousin" in the German article. Possibly.
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    rosie26 Senior Member

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    Welcome Elpeee :) Thanks for that piece. The drawings were moving... the one "waiting for it to pass....."
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    SOC Moderator and Senior Member

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    Good, sympathetic article. Let's make a point of clicking through to it so the newspaper sees that there's a lot of interest in this topic.
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  5. Elpeee

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    Thank you! Thank you both. Any click on the article link would be fantastic.

    You can also LIKE the article at the very bottom (above the comments) by clicking on the word Empfehlen.
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  6. ggingues

    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    I hit the link and thought it would be in English. Using Google browser, so thought it would prompt me for translation, but it did not. How do I get it to translate?

    GG
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    minkeygirl Is Jim Jones alive and well on PR?

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    Thanks.

    Love your avatar!
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  8. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl Is Jim Jones alive and well on PR?

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    @ggingues Scroll all the way to the bottom. That's where the english is.
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    SDSue Florida

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    Thanks, @Elpeee What a wonderful article. Your compassionate wisdom shows in this:

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  10. Bob

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    lol, there's us all struggling with google translate (me too), cos we didn't notice that Elpeee told us that there's an English version! :)
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  11. Bob

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    @Elpeee, thanks for posting :thumbsup: It's a great article.

    And a big welcome to the forum! :)
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  12. Elpeee

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  13. Elpeee

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    Thank you so much, Bob!
    So great to get all the feedback and support. Thank you all.
    Elpee
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  14. Elpeee

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    Thanks, Minkeygirl! :)
  15. Elpeee

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    Ha ha, totally! I am lying here LOLing-heart-attacking about Google translate, as a friend and I worked like mad to compose a good translation! It's good English. I promise! And it's on the same page. I promise. LOL! :thumbsup:
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    @Elpeee - Welcome!

    Thanks so much for posting the link and for doing the English translation (with your friend) for us.

    PS. I love the photo of you and your kitty, Leopold! (that is you, yes? ;) ) And all the lovely drawings.
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  17. ggingues

    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    Ah, thanks :)

    GG
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    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    Thanks :)

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    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    Ah, I see it now, was not all together, therefore I missed it!

    GG
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    Yes. That's me and Leopold' Though more often I make my appearances two-dimensionally, in black and white. :)

    Thank you for liking!
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