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International ME/CFS and National FM Awareness Day-May 12th

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Today is International ME/CFS & FM Awareness Day! 

What is it?

ME stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis. CFS stands for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. FM is the short form for fibromyalgia.

The month of May is ME/CFS and FM Awareness Month.

The idea originated with Tom Hennessy, the founder of RESCIND (Repeal Existing Stereotypes about Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases). Mr. Hennessy designated May 12 as the International Awareness Day for the spectrum of illnesses he called Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND).

May 12 was chosen as it corresponded with the birthdate of Florence Nightingale, the English army nurse who inspired the founding of the International Red Cross.

To promote May 12th as International Awareness day and encourage people to join events or create their 
own and to share awareness ideas for May 12th and throughout the year.

Nightingale became chronically ill in her mid-thirties with an ME/CFS-like illness. She spent the last 50 years of her life virtually bedridden. Despite suffering from an incapacitating illness, she managed to found the world’s first School of Nursing.

This determined woman of the late 19th century is a symbol of inspiration and hope to sufferers of these chronic disorders in the late 20th century.

If you're a sufferer like me, then you know all too well what it's like and why it's important to be aware and share awareness with others.

Get involved!

Like International ME/CFS & FM Awareness Day on FB

Join twitter

Today please wear blue and save a blue ribbon to your computer to help raise awareness for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or purple for Fibromyalgia.

Dedicate your blog to the cause!


  1. Anonymous said...:

    Thank you for this blog. Hubby has fibro and not an easy thing to go through. Feel free to stop by

  1. Realitynibs said...:

    Yes it is! And getting involved with Wego has made it so much more interesting to mark today with a post:

    Thank you for mentioning this.

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