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Members of the ME Association receive a quarterly magazine – ME Essential – delivered straight to their door. 
It features exclusive interviews, keeps them up-to-date with medical and scientific developments and includes stories about how people cope with the disease.

Our current issue – Autumn 2017 (see below) – includes the Countess of Mar on her visit to the UK ME/CFS Biobank, a key infrastructure project funded by the ME Association. We provide a round-up of key events that have occurred in the previous quarter, such as our review of the GETSET trial, and the BBC Radio 4 feature ‘Children with ME’ that our own Dr Charles Shepherd consulted on, and Sarah Staples reviews ‘Unrest’ at the UK premiere of the film in Sheffield recently.

A member’s story about how they benefitted from our new Employment Support Allowance guide, and a fond farewell to the man who created it – but who will remain a volunteer – Mr Tony Britton. We’ve an update on our research at Oxford under Dr Karl Morten, and also the grant we have made to Dr Keith Geraghty, and we ‘Ask the doctor’ with Charles Shepherd – allowing members the opportunity to have their many medical questions answered.

And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve started a new feature, ‘My M.E. Story’, and for this issue we speak to a former district nurse about how M.E. has come to affect her life. We’ve also an interview with the clinical lead of one of the country’s NHS specialist services, who continues to visit patients living in the most dire circumstances, ‘Take the very severely affected woman with the dog mentioned at the start. “The first thing I  did was call in Environmental Health to clean up her home,” she explains. “Nobody should live like that.”

To receive a regular copy of our magazine you will need to be a member of the ME Association. To read more about the benefits of membership and to make an application, please visit our membership page.

You can join or renew membership online, or complete an application form (especially if you would like to spread the cost with a regular standing order) and return it to our head office in the post.

Above: The cover of our latest issue of ME Essential quarterly magazine


Farewell to Great Britton and the Countess of Mar visits the Biobank
Symptom Management
Dr Charles Shepherd looks at how to relieve your symptoms
Ask the doctor
Your questions and concerns answered
My M.E.
One person, one ME. A story showing how one woman deals with hers
Russell Fleming on Meditation. Is it for you?
Order form
Eight pages of leaflets, books and gifts
Five minutes with…
MEA Chairman Neil Riley
A modern day Mary Poppins
Helping ME patients in Cornwall
Holidays and ME
Tips and advice for a well earned rest
An award winning film about ME
Your Gifts
Amazing achievements
The 2017 Invest in ME Conference
ME Association Information
Counselling Practitioners
Diary Dates
The last word
ME from a carer’s perspective

ME Essential Frequently Asked Questions Index

In every issue of ME Essential magazine, Dr Shepherd answers questions from members on a whole variety of subjects relating to life with M.E. that together provide a useful source of reference.

You can view or download our latest index and then find answers from your own back-copies of our magazine.