I recently wrote about the articles in some of the more respected UK newspapers that were pure opinion being presented as fact about ME. I know I am not the only person that has done so, and in fact I’d imagine there are very few bloggers that focus on ME as a topic that could keep silent about this.
It was quite simply yet another kick in the teeth.
Professor Malcolm Hooper responded at length to these articles on our behalf. This isn’t the first time he has done so, and sadly I fear it is not the last time he will be needed. I’m not going to reproduce his words here as so many have already done so on other sites. In case you haven’t read the article yet, you can find it here.
Instead, I would like to thank Prof. Hooper for his actions. One day people will look back at the history of ME and how abusively its sufferers are being treated and feel shame. There will come a time when the world will see Simon Wessely’s persecution of terribly sick people as an unacceptable outrage. People will demand to know how this went on for so long when we have so many organisations and laws in place to prevent precisely this situation from occurring. When this time comes, I sincerely hope that Prof. Hooper is recognised for the work, research and effort he has put in to fighting the cause for a group of people who are struggling to fight back. I suspect however that his efforts may get lost as time marches on, so I want to take this opportunity to say that it never went unheard. Even though currently the people who should be listening are turning away either through ignorance or conflicting loyalties, we heard. We recognised what you were trying to do for us and we appreciate that you fought for us when we couldn’t fight for ourselves.