|Cover artist||Marion Michell|
|Media type||Print & digital|
Supinely Sublimely was published by Palewell Press in October 2016. In carefully crafted and tightly focused chronicles (called ‘textlings’) Marion Michell gives glimpses of a life bent out of shape by a debilitating and little understood disease and evokes the highs and lows of trying to maintain a creative practice as an artist/writer whose days are framed by M.E. and P.O.T.S.
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Marion Michell's textlings are carefully crafted and tightly focussed chronicles. In this brilliant series of soliloquies on life and art, Michell reveals the highs and the lows of working as an artist and writer while dealing with M.E. and P.O.T.S. Piercing and full of gusto, at times savagely funny, they give glimpses of a life (and consequently many other people's lives) bent out of shape by debilitating and little understood diseases. Most importantly, though, language is turned into adventure. Minute-work (when energy allows) - Michell's prose is lucid, luminous, and entertains, enthrals, informs. Her prose is lucid, luminous, and entertains, enthralls. This collection will resonate with fellow sufferers of M.E. and those who care about them.
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"Amongst all the f-words, fatigue is the worst. M.E. is like a burglar who steals from you every minute of every day. Its booty is your energy, half a sackful of cognitive functions and whatever else it can find. Out goes your profession, your social life; your mobility, vision, memory; your ability to look after yourself without help; your idiosyncratic vitality - in short: the way you were in the world. Hardest though: your intelligence curls up in a ball and rolls out of reach, and you lie in wait for those rare instants when you can seize it by the scruff of its scrawny neck and pull it from under bed, for a wee while."
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myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.