A Blog For Those Affected By Environmental And Invisible Illnesses Written By Fellow Survivors
The Environmental Illness Resource Needs Your Help!
Over the past 10 years I have grown used to writing for The Environmental Illness Resource with the aim of helping all of you out there, who like me, have had your lives turned upside down by environmental and invisible illnesses. Today I must take my turn and ask you for your help.
For those who might be unaware, I (Matthew "maff" Hogg) have designed, built, maintained and written the majority of the thousands of pages of content on the site entirely by myself. People often email me saying they thought the site was run by a group of volunteers or a company, but no, it's just me!
With over 3000 people having registered on the site and a database of over 8000 pages you can imagine that it's a lot for one guy with ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and the rest!) to handle alone. I can "get by" with the technical side of the site but I am no software developer and have lost count of the nights I have been up into the early hours trying to solve issues I realistically had no hope of solving, plagued as I am by brain fog!
I spent all last year upgrading the software of the site to give it a cleaner look for ease of reading and developing phone and tablet versions - which thankfully has been a success! Unfortunately the site software is now so complex that there I problems I cannot solve myself. The current design was meant to focus on building a friendly and informative community for those with EI and invisible illnesses to easily connect with each other for support and sharing of information.Sadly however there are issues with registration, login and the forums that need professionals to resolve.
So, I will stop waffling on and get to the point! Being unable to work a regular job due to my own ill health, I am to be totally honest - flat broke. I have spent all my savings on employing software developers and web designers who simply were not up to the job in my attempts to make The Environmental Illness Resource what it should be. The advertising you see on the site barely covers the bills from the hosting company to keep the site online. To fix the issues with the community aspects of the site requires the big gun developers who really know what they're doing - but as you can imagine they do not come cheap!
I am therefore asking that if over the years you have found the information and support at The Environmental Illness Resource helpful at all and would like to see the site continue to grow and develop - please take this opportunity to make a small donation via the PayPal Donation button below to help me get things running smoothly.
I can then focus my own efforts on writing new informative content and helping those looking for answers in the forums and community!
Please only give what you can afford - I know all too well how our illnesses affect our finances! If you can spare just $5 / £5 as a one off and appreciate my efforts in putting this site together I would be more grateful than I can express in words. I am sure future visitors to the site would share this sentiment also.
Wheather you are able to donate or not I want to offer my sincere thanks to the countless numbers of you who have given me reason one way or another to continue putting all of my limited energy and money into the The Environmental Illness Resource. I feel truly blessed to be able to help you in any way I can.
Thank you friends, may you find better health very soon,
Matthew Hogg BSc (Hons) (Nutritional Health)
Founder - The Environmental Illness Resource