If you're new to myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), we're here to tell you that you are not alone. There are millions of others like you. At #MEAction, our mission is to advocate for people with ME to raise awareness, educate, and fight for better access, better treatments, and ultimately a cure. Whether you’re new to this disease or you’ve been living with it for decades, there’s something here for you.
We're your hosts, Steven Molony and Jaime Seltzer. Steven is an actor, writer, and filmmaker who makes all of #MEAction's videos and provides lots of voiceover as well. He is an ally to people with ME, Long COVID, and other chronic illnesses. Jaime is #MEAction's director of scientific and medical outreach, and she does research at Stanford University on ME and other complex chronic diseases. She is a person living with ME, and ME runs in her family with both her mother and sister affected.
We'll be interviewing some of the most influential voices in ME/CFS and Long COVID, discussing books and articles on complex chronic disease, having candid chats about life with ME, #MillionsMissing and what it means to #StopRestPace, disability activism and advocacy, art and music from disabled artists you love, and so much more.
If you’re looking for an outlet on the road of chronic illness, you’ve come to the right place.
#MEAction has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to discuss treatment, research, and improved community engagement for people with ME, so for this month's episode, we sat down with Mayo Clinic doctors Ravindra Ganesh and Stephanie Grach.
Dr. Ganesh serves as the practice chair of Integrative Medicine and Health and Medical Director for the Post COVID Care Clinic, as well as on the General Internal Medicine Research Committee. His research is in Post COVID syndrome, treatment of COVID infection, and fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, and POTS. He is involved in education both as a preceptor for the Mayo Alix School of Medicine and for the Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine residency program, and has extensive experience in continuing medical education.
Dr. Grach is completing her Internal Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She joined the Mayo Clinic as a Senior Associate Consultant in the Division of General Internal Medicine in July of 2022. Dr. Grach has a career interest in post-viral diseases and is dedicated to improving clinical, research, and educational aspects surrounding post-viral disease through her work in Mayo’s respective clinics in the General Internal Medicine division.
Still buzzing from last month's #MillionsMissing protest in Washington, DC? Catch the replay of the event on our Twitter feed. To view the post-protest discussion, click here.
#MillionsMissing is a global campaign for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) health equality. We demonstrate around the world for equitable research funding, clinical trials, medical education and public awareness for ME. With this annual demonstration just around the corner, rather than having one guest, you'll be hearing from several of the fine people at #MEAction as we prepare for our protest in Washington, DC on September 19th, 2022. In this episode, you'll be hearing from co-host and Director of Scientific and Medical Outreach Jaime Seltzer, US Advocacy Director Ben HsuBorger, activist and consultant Terri Wilder, Social Media Manager Holly Latham, and Interim Executive Director Laurie Jones.
Fiona is an award-winning independent journalist whose works have been published in The New York Times, Vox, The Guardian, and many other publications. In 2018, they founded Body Politic, a queer feminist wellness collective and events series, which has become a grassroots patient-led health justice organization. Then in 2020, they co-founded Body Politic’s COVID-19 support group which serves over 11,000 COVID-19 patients. Most recently, Fiona embarked on a book project — The Long COVID Survival Guide — now available for pre-order. Follow their incredible work on Instagram and Twitter @fi_lowenstein.
Meghan O'Rourke and The Invisible Kingdom
Meghan is a graduate of Yale University, a New York Times bestselling author, a poet, essayist, and memoirist. She worked as an editor at The New Yorker, Slate, and The Paris Review. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, The New Yorker, Scientific American, and The Wall Street Journal. Her written works include Halflife, The Long Goodbye, Once, Sun in Days, and most recently, she’s put out her brand new book, The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness. Steven and Jaime discuss her latest book as well as her experience as a mother and accomplished writer living with chronic illness.
Fascinating and timely
We need so much more of this conversation around being chronically ill. Really thought provoking episode! Looking forward to the next one.
Great Podcast for People With ME
As a person with ME, I long for safe spaces that discuss chronic illness with respect, insight and nuance. Chronically Complex hits all the marks. I really appreciate that the hosts and the guest only used the terms “M.E.” and “ME/CFS” instead of the other less fortunate term that is more often used. Jamie and Steven did a great job and I look forward to hearing more in the future.
A great start!
Finally - a podcast devoted to this invisible, unexplained illness! The first episode is a promising start - with a knowledgeable guest and perceptive hosts asking intelligent questions and follow-up. I’ve lived with ME/CFS since 2011 and it’s heartening to know that the CC podcast is working to get the word out. Thank you ME Action!