I have received a number of messages from members of the community inquiring about my absence from ME advocacy and about my health. I deeply appreciate the concerns and thoughtfulness. James David Chapman recently tweeted:
I posted a series of tweets in reply to James, which are reproduced below, because the tweets should be read in succession, as each builds on the prior ones. This, obviously, scratches only the surface of the effects on the community of Coyne’s rampage against ME advocates. But I am not well enough to write a blog post fleshing out the topics of my tweets.
I apologize for the incomplete list of those who have been targeted by Coyne, by public or private attacks or threats or by being aggressively blocked on social media. Louise Reed was one of the targets of Coyne’s vicious cyberbullying who is not mentioned below because I didn’t have enough steam to track down her Twitter handle.
For more background on Coyne’s aggression directed towards the ME community at large and a number of its advocates, please see these two posts on this blog:
Here are my tweets:
Tolerating, and thereby emboldening, the ruthless abuse and attempted ostracizing of patients and caregivers by an authority figure can ultimately be more destructive than the abuse itself, especially when it leads to an atmosphere of intimidation and to the sidelining of critical voices one disagrees with; those are much needed, even if inconvenient. Allowing a Wallit and Shorter champion to bulldoze his way through our community, with well-honed bullying tactics, is both short-sided and dangerous.