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