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Name: Lindsey Shorter
Age: 20
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucester
Campaign: To encourage better understanding of illnesses without visible symptoms

I live with a condition called myalgic encephalopathy (ME).


Since being diagnosed with the illness, I have had to stop doing many activities that I enjoy, because of the disruptive and unpredictable nature of the symptoms.


These symptoms include debilitating fatigue, painful muscles and joints, disordered sleep and poor concentration.


Unfortunately, I find that people can often be judgemental because conditions like ME exhibit no visible symptoms.


With the help of Fixers, my group and I are raising awareness of 'invisible' illnesses, so more people understand that not all conditions are obvious to the eye.


Just because you can’t see them, doesn't mean they aren’t real.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:


Chloe Dix

Anna Burgess
Brendan Mackenzie

Camilla Whatey

Carys Puw Charlotte Oakley
Chris Coles Connor Lindsley
Elme Persen Hannah Buckley
Jake Peppiate Jasmin Dharsi
Jasmine Thomas Jazmin Marshall
Josh Mayhew Lauren Hackett
Lauren Wilson Rosie Mills
Sophie Tullett Stephanie Tipping
Theresa Miller Amber Hatten

Mary-Jane Willows, AYME (Association of Young People with ME)

Thank you to Mary-Jane who appeared in my broadcast to support our campaign and offer facts about ME.


Thank you to Martin Pelger, Millie Whatley and Mike for sharing their personal experiences with invisible illnesses in the broadcast film for ITV.

February 2014

My friends, who are helping me with this Fix and are members of the University of Gloucestershire Dance Society, organised a dance flashmob in the Beechwood Shopping Centre in Cheltenham to raise awareness of invisible illnesses like ME among the general public.


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