Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness
The idea of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day began in 1992. The date of May 12th date was chosen to honor the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the English army nurse who was a pioneer of the Red Cross Movement. Nightingale was virtually bedridden with a painful and fatiguing illness resembling fibromyalgia (FM) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), yet went on to inspiring accomplishments, including the founding of the first School of Nursing.
CFS (also called myalgic encephalopathy or ME), is a complex chronic illness that results in profound fatigue and
a number of other debilitating symptoms
. One of the most difficult aspects of having CFS or FM is that most of the symptoms are invisible, which makes it hard for others to understand what living with these debilitating illnesses is really like.
When the Centers for Disease Control chose the name Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1988, the participants never realized the stigma they were creating for those afflicted with CFS. This
chronic fatigue syndrome stigma hurts patients when it causes people to trivialize this very debilitating disease.
Much of the history of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome revolves around
the efforts to define it and the debates over what to call it
. Other diseases that started out being called by one name were later renamed, either for the sake of medical accuracy or for political correctness, but one has to wonder whether any other illness has ever had so many names or so much trouble finding its own identity.
Knowledge is power! The more you know, the more you can educate others.
Understanding chronic fatigue syndrome
will help fight the stigma of CFS and create awareness for this devastating disease.
You can help create awareness for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by
trying some of these help tips
It is easy to become a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome activist! Whether it is International CFS/ME Awareness Day or any day,
here are some simple things you can do
to help educate the world about CFS, even if you can't leave your house.
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