Bloggers have been doing their bit to spread the world for International ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Awareness.
“… in an effort to do my small part in raising awareness about this illness, here are just a few basic facts about ME/CFS:
1. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a serious disease with a ridiculous name. CFS is also known as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E). It is often abbreviated ME/CFS.
2. ME/CFS is a complex, multi-systemic illness, effecting the immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, autonomic, and central nervous systems. It is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a neurological disease.
3. In order to be diagnosed with ME/CFS, you must present with: extreme, incapacitating exhaustion that is not alleviated by rest and reduces your activity level by at least 50%, as well as at least four of the following symptoms: post exertional malaise (a worsening of symptoms after even minor exertion) lasting more than 24 hours, muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, low grade fevers, headaches, unrefreshing sleep, and memory loss or difficulty concentrating. These symptoms must be present for at least 6 months or longer. ME/CFS patients often also suffer from neurological problems, sensory overload, orthostatic intolerance, exercise intolerance, flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath, chest pain, and other symptoms …”
From May 12th: ME/CFS Awareness Day – Laurel, Dreams at Stake
“Until my diagnosis and obsessive research as a result, I had no idea that there was an awareness day for CFS/ME. This is quite a shame. How are we to be better understood, receive more research funds, and find common workable treatment options with so much silence?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is life altering. Period. In order to obtain a diagnosis you must have a reduction in activity/functioning by 50%. Does this not seem alarming to the general public? Imagine, if tomorrow you woke up and suddenly were only able to do 50% of what you had done the day before. Imagine, if even accomplishing this 50% was like trying to climb out of bed with a severe case of the flu. Imagine, that this is a good day and on a bad day you are barely functioning at all…”
From CFS/ME Awareness Day – Dawn, Daily Life with “Hidden” Chronic Illnesses
“I am posting now to reflect on how devastating this illness is, how hundreds of thousands of people suffer silently, and how much COURAGE it takes to live like this — year after year after year after ……”
From May 12 – ME/CFS Awareness Day – Nina, Nina Colors