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Stock photography

It can be hard for a newpaper’s picture editor to find an appropriate image to illustrate an ME/CFS article. ME/CFS is a seriously disabling disease with patients at the severe end of the scale tube-fed, lying in darkened rooms, unable to leave their beds.

Realistic photos of how disabling this condition can be would show people unkempt, not well groomed; in a home, not a work setting; in pyjamas or comfortable clothes, not office-wear; and lying down in bed or on a sofa, or being pushed in a wheelchair, or being treated in hospital. Men would be shown, as well as women.

Stock photography

The stock-library photographs below are appropriate images to represent people with ME/CFS in the media.

Woman lying in bed
iStock WB#1, WB#2, WB#3, WB#4, WB#5, WB#6, WB#7, WB#8, WB#9, WB#10, WB#11, WB#12, WB#13

Orthostatic-intolerance-chronic-fatigue

No! Not this beautifully groomed woman with a mildly troublesome sore throat!

Man lying in bed
iStock: MB#1, MB#2, MB#3, MB#4, MB#6, MB#7, MB#8, MB#9

Child lying in bed
iStock: CB#1

Woman on sofa
iStock: WS#1, WS#2, WS#3

Man on sofa
iStock: MS#1, MS#2, MS#3
Shutterstock: MS#4

Woman in wheelchair
iStock: WW#1, WW#2, WW#3, WW#4, WW#5, WW#6, WW#7, WW#8

sleeping-time-650684_640

Yes! He’s lying down in bed, he’s not in office clothes, and he looks exhausted. That’s more like it!

Man in wheelchair
iStock: MW#1, MW#2, MW#3, MW#4, MW#5, MW#6, MW#7

Woman in hospital bed
iStock: WH#1, WH#2, WH#3
Shutterstock: WH#4

Man in hospital bed
iStock: MH#1, MH#2
Shutterstock: MH#3, MH#4, MH#5, MH#6

Little boy in hospital bed
iStock: LBH#1, LBH#2

 

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