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Life With ME Is A "Long And Hard Journey" Says 16-Year-Old Hope Simpson, Of Bishop Auckland

Tuesday 12 June 2018


From UK newspaper The Northern Echo:


Hope Simpson
TALENTED: Hope Simpson, a talented young photographer
who suffers from ME.

Life with ME is a "long and hard journey" says 16-year-old Hope Simpson, of Bishop Auckland

By Hannah Chapman
Deputy Editor
10th May 2018
©Copyright 2001-2018.

Ahead of an event in Durham to raise awareness of ME, Hannah Davies spoke to one young sufferer and her family

HOPE Simpson is a 16-year-old with big dreams of becoming a photographer. But despite being clever, talented and dedicated, she’s continually frustrated by the limitations of her body. On a bad day Hope, of Bishop Auckland, can only lie down in bed. Her mother Catherine, 45, has to wash and dress her – and even holding a conversation can exhaust her.

She is one of the estimated 12,000 people in the North-East to suffer from Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), a devastating neurological disease which can leave sufferers bedbound, unable to perform simple tasks and at times unable to communicate with their loved ones.


Hope and her family, brother Jacob, 13, a pupil at St John’s Catholic School, and dad Michael, 48, a teacher at Durham Johnston School, are backing supporters of ME North East to raise awareness of the sufferers in the region and the “missing millions” who suffer from severe ME across the globe.


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