Monday, 22 October 2018

Ethiopian Opal Meaning & Uses: Boosts Precognition & Decision Making

Ethiopian Opal

Ethiopian Opal helps decision making & enhances creativity. Use in meditation to aid astral travel & boost intuition & precognition. Good healing stone, balances chakras & aids weight loss. Highly protective, stimulates kundalini awakening.

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Situations Vacant: We need a volunteer to help support our fundraising manager | 22 October 2018


Our Fundraising Manager, Helen Hyland, is rushed off her feet – and needs help.

Helen has grown the level of fundraising events for the ME Association to unprecedented levels and a large part of her work involves supporting our fundraisers.

That means getting covering fundraising events, challenges, adventures, and escapades in the local press, and perhaps further afield.

We are looking for someone who could use their skills to help fundraisers present their stories in a newsworthy way and approach the local press on their behalf.

The work entails:

  • Interviewing  fundraisers with sensitivity, tact and empathy
  • Arranging for photographs to accompany stories.
  •  Writing copy for local newspapers,  ME Essential  and social media that tells their stories and highlights the impact of ME on their lives or the lives of their loved ones
  •  Supplying  local media with your copy and checking that they have everything they need to run stories
  • Working closely with Helen and liaising with the team that runs the ME Association.

You will need the use of a computer and be able to use Word and Excel and social media such as Facebook.

Expenses will be paid. Most of the work involved will be home based. We anticipate the work will require about 10 hours a week but this can vary according to the fundraising events at the time.

Working as a volunteer for the ME Association is hugely rewarding. We think you will enjoy it.

In the first instance, please write to Helen at and tell us about yourself.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Image credit: 123RF Stock Photo/Shannon Fagan

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Stephen Crabb MP wore a symptom suit to experience life with chronic illness | 22 October 2018


Russell Fleming, Content Manager, ME Association.

Cwtch a small Pembrokeshire-based charity has developed a novel and effective way for healthy people to experience what it feels like to ‘walk in the shoes’ of someone who is chronically ill.

They wanted to develop something that would be more effective than just talking with people about invisible illnesses and came up with this symptom-suit. It’s still being developed, but Stephen Crabb MP recently tested the suit and you can see how he got on in the video below.


I spoke with Beth Job last week – Beth is one of the charity’s founders and has M.E. – as I was particularly interested in this idea. The MS Society several years ago had attempted something similar and created several videos showing ways in which healthy people might experience the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

I think the symptom suit is excellent. It can’t replicate every symptom or the extreme severity of symptoms that we might experience, but it is proving effective. And when people take it off, the relief they feel makes them empathise even more with someone who has a life affected by a chronic condition.

Cwtch are holding a campaign, ‘Walk in my shoes‘ and are using the suit as part of their efforts to raise awareness of invisible conditions. They have members who suffer from a variety of conditions – from M.E. to MS to Cancer – each of whom has contributed to the suit’s design.

The following article appeared recently in the Western Telegraph and provides more background. All of us here at the ME Association would like to wish CWTCH the very best of luck with their campaign.

Western Telegraph
Stephen Crabb wore a symptom suit to experience life with chronic illness

By David Lynch 17th October 2018

BACK pain, poor eyesight, itching, balance issues, leg stiffness: just some of the lifelong symptoms a Pembrokeshire MP had a glimpse of when he visited chronic illness support charity Cwtch.

Stephen Crabb MP’s visit to Cwtch’s base at Cashfields Community Centre, Haverfordwest on Friday, October 12, saw him wearing the charity’s symptom suit.

Donning a welly on one foot and a high heel on the other simulated balance issues for Mr Crabb, while wearing weights around his shoulders gave him the impression of what it is like to live with neck pain, and thick glasses simulated blurred vision.

Barry John, Stephen Crabb MP and Beth Job.

“I don’t know who first thought of the symptom suit but believe me it’s a very effective way of giving people some insight into the pain and discomfort those with chronic conditions suffer every day,” said Mr Crabb.

“I must have felt a dozen different pains and uncomfortable sensations, but unlike those sufferers I was able to take the suit off. Many people can’t get any escape from the chronic conditions.”

The MP became the first volunteer for the charity’s Walk in My Shoes campaign after agreeing to wear the symptom suit when he visited its stall at the county show in August.

Cwtch members also questioned Mr Crabb about the government’s record on Personal Independence Payments and criticised the assessment system for making a PIP claim.

Beth Job, one of Cwtch’s founders, read out a statement from a member about how they felt degraded by the treatment they received from claims officers and doctors during the process.

Stephen Crabb, MP.

Other members shared issues they had, including how assessments do not take into account that people with chronic illnesses can have good days where they are able to work with ease, and bad days where it is a challenge to get out of bed.

Mr Crabb acknowledged the assessment system was not perfect, and said work needed to be done to make sure so many claimants could receive PIP without having to go to a tribunal appeal.

The MP thanked Cwtch members for the practical points they raised about PIP and praised the charity’s work.

“Cwtch is a great example of a small but growing Pembrokeshire charity that’s doing innovative things to support its members,” he said.

Cwtch has regular meetings at the Cashfields Community Centre and hosts a support chatroom which anyone with chronic illnesses can join on Facebook.



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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Petrified Wood Enhances Patience, Grounding & Ancestral Healing

Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood aka Fossilized Wood are strong grounding stones that enhance patience and help you to create change in your life. They specifically help age related health issues, such as rheumatism and arthritis and aid past life healing.

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Green Tourmaline Promotes Joy, Happiness and Compassion

Green Tourmaline

Green Tourmaline metaphysical properties heal the earth and nature and promote study of herbalism. Excellent healing crystals that stimulate personal joy and compassion for self.

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Fascination for our Mental Suffering. Corrado Pensa

Papanca is proliferation; nippapanca is a mind of a buddha. Now, a simple reflection can help, at least it did in my case.

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