I was really surprised to find out just how many folks did not even know it was International Awareness Day May 12th. This was started in 1993 and is now internationally recognized! At one point in time, we even had dark blue ribbons to distribute and wear to show signs of support and awareness. There's a website callled BRAME (Blue Ribbon for the Awareness of ME). I am glad I was able to make a few people "aware" of this date, however, it is sad to realize that a once important and powerful advocacy movement has begun to die out. Yes, I was late in getting this posted. But if you will notice, the last time I posted about Awareness Day was in 2007! Each year it has been my goal to do something active and noteworthy to get Awareness Day the recognition it deserves and needs. Every year, I am able to do less and less. I was lucky I was able to do what I did yesterday! I am happy to say that my post was also redistributed by listserver co-cure. For those of you not familiar with the site, I highly recommend signing up for their e-mails for the most up-to-date news regarding research, advocacy and medical studies ongoing throughout the world. Now that you are aware of May 12, let's do the best and most that we can starting NOW for next year, May 12, 2010. What can you do? If you explore the web, especially Canadian websites you will see how May 12th is recognized locally, regionally and nationally. Send letters to your mayor, city council, state represenatives, and congress to have them issue a "proclamation" recognizing May 12 as International Awareness Day for CIND (Chronic Immunolgical & Neurological Diseases). If you check out calendars and e-cards on the internet, often you will see that each day is designated as National something-or-other (i.e. National Pickle Day, Sweetes Day, etc). Write to this folks and get them to put "International Awareness Day for CIND" on their calendars and websites! Check out 123greetings.com Last but not least, use your imagination. MAKE PEOPLE AWARE!!! You will be amazed at how much you can learn from checking out the websites for support groups throughout the country. Some websites to check out: National CFIDS Foundation PANDORA Nightingale Research Foundation National ME/FM Action Network RESCIND, Inc RESCIND (Repeal Existing Stereotypes about Chronic Immunoligical & Neurological Diseases) is the website started by Tom Hennessy, founder of May 12 International Awareness Day. Arise, go forth and conquor -- that is, if you can!!!! PLEASE, carry on where others have left off. That is the curse of our disease, we can't even advocate for ourselves because we are too tired, too weak, too ill and too broke! Do what you can, while you can.