Sunday, November 22, 2009

Free Coloring Book!

[It is best to view the press release at the site, with the nice images
which can't be seen in a plain text message like this.  Also different
sections in the press release use different font types.  I think this could
also be useful to explain the illness to a child when an adult has it e.g.
I'm going to ask my sister to consider showing it to my nephew (7). Tom]
New book, free download:

16th November 2009, Contact:

Visit ME SMEA's Colouring Book
Text and layout: Vivian Hvenegaard
Sketch: Vivian and Frederikke Hvenegaard


SMEA's Colouring Book, Visit ME, is dedicated to children with Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis - Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(ME/CFS, G93.3) and to children who know somebody suffering from this severe


Hi, nice to meet you, how are you?

I'm SMEA, the little forest slug who lives in a big and beautiful tree in
the wood called Slugwood. That's where all the other forest slugs also live.

I have been affected by ME for quite some years now and I've still not
recovered, but I'm certainly better now than I was years ago.

I love colouring sketches. I was thinking that you also might like to
colour, so therefore here is my new book without colours! Then you can paint
the drawings, like you want them to be.

Please, come into the wood with me and see how we live..

You can download my Colouring Book, Visit ME here:


Originally, the Christmas drawings in Visit ME, SMEA's Colouring Book were
meant as a sequel to the children's book SMEA Life at a Snail's Pace
published in Denmark in 1999. However a decline of the author Vivian
Hvenegaards ME put an end to the huge work with drawing and painting
materials for a new book, and the project was shelved for many years.

The inspiration to the stories about SMEA and the snail-symbol of the Danish
ME/CFS Association developed years ago when Vivian's youngest daughter
Susanne and a friend, both affected by ME, made a snail race. Among the
audience where Dr. David Bell and Jill Moss the founder of AYME in England,
both were guest speakers at a ME-workshop in Denmark.

The two girls had the viewers by the palm of their hands while they were
having a lot of fun making the snails' race properly and in the right
direction. Quite some snails were disqualified, as they tried to take an
easy ride on the houses of their competitors.

The name SMEA was formed from the initial letters of the four youngest ME
children diagnosed with ME in the Danish ME/CFS Association back in the late
90's, whereas DEKS were the initials of the four youngest children in the
association in 2007 which, incidentally, happened to be boys.

When Frederikke, who is Vivian Hvenegaards oldest daughter, went on
maternity leave in 2007, Vivian asked her if she might fancy making some
additional drawings for a colouring book.

Frederikke is qualified as a designer in the clothing industry. In her spare
time she is an art performer. She also has a thorough knowledge of ME, as
both her parents and a sibling were affected by ME in 1995. Consequently she
had to provide her ME family with much practical help, and has been a great
blessing for them, especially during the first tough years when the disease
was exacerbating.

Vivian Hvenegaard is the owner and editor of the website
which publishes information and news about ME and CFS in Denmark.

Visit SMEA at:  (free download)

Visit Frederikke's Art Gallery at

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