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May is MCS-Awareness month and an important time for us the charity to help raise awareness of this misunderstood illness. Obviously lockdown restrictions will limit the in-person fundraising so we're asking supporters to raise awareness of the condition and the charity through our social media. If you are on social media please add our yellow and green ribbon instead of your profile picture to your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. If you would prefer not to do this for the whole month then please do it on 12th May. When people ask you what the ribbon is for please explain about MCS and send them to our home page (www.mcs-aware.org) where they can sign up for our free newsletter or subscribe. Please also like, share and retweet our posts.ribbon with name

Reach out to someone who knows nothing about MCS. How have they felt having to stay at home and be isolated from friends and family? How has it made them feel to have to wear a mask in public spaces? How have they felt not being able to go out to work, attend live performances, worship or consult a doctor in person? Explain how the above is the norm for many people living with MCS pre-pandemic. Encourage them to visit our website to read more about the illness and understand how it impacts people. Please ask them to donate or donate yourself, if you feel that you can. Any amount is gratefully appreciated. Thank you for any help with raising awareness and/or donating!

History: May 12th has been designated as International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) since 1992. The CIND illnesses include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). May 12th was chosen as it is the birthday of Florence Nightingale. She was believed to have suffered from ME/CFS.

Want information on ways to deal with your MCS? Why not join the MCS-Aware membership subscription to get access to a whole heap of benefits that can support you and your illness. With access to over 150 helpsheets, a Penpal directory that allows you (if you wish) to either speak to or write to other members who understand your journey. A booklet giving discounts on MCS related products & services and a jam packed magazine sent out 3 times per year. For as little as £2 per month let us help you feel better. To download a standing order form, to send directly to your bank, click here. Do let us know if you have set up a standing order so we can update our database. Our online subscription is currently being updated so other ways to join are by clicking on the "Donate" button on the home page, sending us a cheque directly or by setting up a BACS transfer. E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to find out more.

 

This is a really difficult time for us all, with the worry and fear for our health but also for our friends and family’s health. With the extensive media reports, from home and from around the world, we can feel bombarded with scary facts and the concern of not knowing what is coming next. For MCS sufferers who already have underlying health conditions, this is an extra worrying time.

We have put together a few pointers and useful websites that may help during this unpredictable time. Click here to read.

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