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Rivka Solomon: Disease nearly keeps winner from Jewish Women Who Dared Awards

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS news' started by MsUnderstood, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. MsUnderstood

    MsUnderstood Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Well-written and accurate awareness articles keep coming -- this one from the January 11, 2018 edition of the Arizona Jewish Post:


    A few excerpts:

    "On this day, in the spring of 2003, I pushed past the utter exhaustion, knowing that exertion would cause my condition to even worsen. But, I was determined. After all, I was being honored with a Women Who Dared award."

    "The only thing the attendees knew about me was what they read in the event program: I was a Jewish woman dedicated to social change and social justice, . . . What the attendees didn’t know was this: I also had ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), a devastating, chronic neuro-immune disease that disables 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans, 17-20 million worldwide."

    "Should I tell them, I wondered? I’d written it into my speech. But would I have the guts to reveal my personal struggle in such a public setting?"

    "But that evening, I embraced the sentiment behind my women’s work: I stepped through my trepidation to tell the audience members about my disability. . . .

    Now, 15 years later, I don’t hesitate to share my story; I tell the world. In fact, I now use all the skills I learned from my women’s empowerment work to assist ME advocacy."

    Edited to change thread title.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2018
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  2. lansbergen

    lansbergen Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Good to see Rivka is still active.

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