Author Archive | Tanya

Transcript of Video for New Wine on Faith and Chronic Illness

For those who can’t access a YouTube video with subtitles, here is the transcript of my New Wine Interview in all its impromptu glory. I SWEAR it comes across much better when I say it than when it’s written down, honest…

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Video – Interview for New Wine on Chronic Illness and Faith

My interview for New Wine Conference, where I spoke to 2000 people. In just 12 minutes of video I tell my story, talk about how chronic illness impacts your faith, and what helps to survive when God doesn’t answer your prayers.

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A Spacious Place

God, dwelling with God’s people, shared their desire to dwell somewhere more permanent, safe, and beautiful than just a tent in the wilderness. We have a God-given longing for a ‘spacious place’.

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#SevereMEday 2017 – 5 Reasons to Hope

We mark the day 8 August, because it was Sophia Mirza’s birthday, who died after being forcibly institutionalised by psychiatrists who didn’t believe she was ill. Sadly, this still happens today to adults and children in the UK. We need change.

But on this day here are five good things that are encouraging me:

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Premier Christianity – what not to say to those with chronic illness

We’ve all said the wrong thing at some point or another…

I put out a question on Facebook about what churches should and shouldn’t do for people with ME – and got almost 100 responses. Some of the stories made me weep – Christians with ME not finding a safe place in churches because leaders believed they were faking their illness for attention. I wanted to represent those answers, along with the facts of ME, in this article for Premier Christianity – but it was a challenge in 800 words!

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Alison Turrell, Creative Commons licence Jul 2017

Choose the Most Beautiful

I hoarded, as a child; I made collections. Stamps, candles, letters, memories.

As an adult I hoard memories, especially now I am chronically ill. When you are in the outside world, who knows when you can repeat the experience?

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NICE Guidelines – Three Easy Calls to Action

The ME/cfs NICE guidelines urgently need a thorough review. You may be asking, what can I do to help? Here are three ways depending on how much time and energy you have:

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ME / CFS Factsheet to Share – NICE is Not Nice to ME

ME patients in the UK have been waiting for ten years for the NICE Guidelines to be updated to reflect current science, and stop the only recommendations for treatment being Graded Exercise Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

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