After several video posts and an open letter to Vancouver Island Health Authourity; regarding access to Assisted Living, and accessible housing, social supports, and healthcare, I finally heard that after appealing a second time with a new Assessment of my circumstances, I've been accepted for Assisted Living! Amazing news, although it may be months before I get a place. Thanks for the support - will keep advocating for #pwME around access to healthcare, housing, and social supports and asking @AdrianDix 'What about ME?'
Another video from one of the 600,000 Canadians living with ME/CFS. We deserve access to the same quality of healthcare and housing as those with other illnesses, and health concerns. My question is what do you do if you have no family or partner to care for you; what do you do, if you can no longer adequately care for yourself and your local health authourity won't help? What about M.E.?
There are 600,000 people with Myagic Encephalomyelitis living in Canada. We have the highest instance per capita of any country in the world and yet most of the Doctors and Specialists I've seen don't even believe it's a real disease. I am just one of #MillionsMissing all over the world. In Canada, things are particularly bad, with regards to lack of treatment and almost $0 research investment into causes and cures. It's not OK that we are ignored and denied the same standards of healthcare, or accessible, supported accommodation available to Canadian's with other illnesses. People with ME/CFS are effectively ignored, and left to manage alone. We have no Health Canada protocols for this illness. No research into causes and cures, and many left housebound and bedbound. Vancouver Island Health Authourity has no official protocols for patients with this illness. Nor for providing the same standards of social supports or housing supports available to people with other illnesses. It's totally unacceptable.
Part of the ME/CFS week of action and awareness building - will be posting more on the fact that 600,000 Canadians live with this illness and the impact it has on our lives. With no training for Doctors and Nurses, $0 research funding for causes or cures, let alone treatment protocols from Health Canada, or even at local level. I will be posting more on this issue soon.