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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 latest issue – Spring 2018 – is packed with things you’ll want to read!

We feature singer songwriter Kim Seviour who talks about her music and her life with M.E., Dr Charles Shepherd reviews what is known about fibromyalgia and how to cope with it, we explain how you can help make this year’s ME Awareness Week the best ever; and we look at how hard M.E. can be for young people.

Our chairman, Neil Riley, kicks things off with his regular message, and this issue makes some new year’s resolutions – ‘I shall never again say, “OK thanks”, when asked “How are you?” by a neighbour.’

We review the latest news including our statement on Rituximab and the announcement from Norway about the negative phase III clinical trial. A UK trial now seems very unlikely, but we await publication of the Norwegian study later this year.

We report on the ME Association AGM which took place in December, and we provide some tips for anyone who fancies hosting a local screening of the award-winning documentary from Jennifer Brea, Unrest.

Dr Shepherd’s popular, ‘Ask the Doctor’, continues with answers that include: depression and M.E., why a diagnosis of M.E. should exclude people from paying for a flu vaccination, the Norwegian clinical trial of cyclophosphamide, hand tremors, what drugs can cause weight-gain, and whether the NICE guideline is something every GP must follow.

We interview Tracy Turner whose post, which talked about how, ‘sometimes life does get better even with M.E.’, was so well received by visitors to our Facebook page. Ellie Bunce talks to us about how she failed to recover from glandular fever as a student and then had to learn to cope with M.E. And Lynette talks guilt, the need to connect with others, and to swell the numbers of people who can effectively advocate for answers and for more research funding.

50 pages, packed full of interesting stories, news, research, campaigns, fundraising and medical information. There is nothing quite like ME Essential!

How to receive a copy of ME Essential

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 a Membership Application Form (especially if you would like to pay by annual standing order and receive £10 worth of free leaflets), and return it to our head office in the post.

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.