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Stereotyping Still Prevents ME From Being Taken Seriously

Sunday 18 June 2017


From The Scotsman:


Davie Provan
A generation of Scots learned about ME
through the fate of former Celtic player Davie Provan.

Kevan Christie: Stereotyping still prevents ME from being taken seriously

By Kevan Christie
Thursday 11 May 2017
© 2017 Johnston Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

The media coverage for the Millions Missing protest to raise awareness of ME in Scotland is to be welcomed and will hopefully lead to a much-needed conversation around this often misunderstood condition.


A generation of working-class Scots first became aware of ME when Celtic and Scotland footballer Davie Provan was struck down with the condition also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and had to pack the game in at the tender age of 29.

Here was a footballer who thrived in the macho atmosphere of Old Firm games and scored a free-kick in the 1985 Scottish Cup Final - only to be struck down in his prime by a ‘mystery’ illness that involved sleeping a lot. He didn’t fit the emerging stereotype but was widely ridiculed anyway.


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