I was curious about how many teachers are suffering from CFS or FMS. I'm 26, I teach Art Education K-8 in New Jersey. This is my third year and I'm up for tenure in Oct. 2003. I was dx in August 2002. The only person from the school who knows is a parent whose mother has CFS/FMS. I met her mother at a support group meeting at a nearby hospital. When I see the parent she wispers to me asking how I feel. That makes me feel good. I'm afraid to tell anyone at school. I listen to the other teachers talking about how tired they are... I agree with them but I can't go on talking about the constant pain and FATIGUE that I suffer from. Before I was dx my mom (who also has CFS/FMS) would constanly ask about graduate school. I couldn't understand how these other teachers can teach all day and go to a graduate class or two. If I was "normal" they must be super teachers. I usually stay at school until 5:00 or 6:00 because I of course have work to do but also I wouldn't have the energy to drive home. I would fight myself to stay awake. I would rest or take a nap and then leave work. Teaching is physically, emotionally and mentally draining for the healthiest teacher. But is is very rewarding. I love my job and wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm wondering how other teachers are coping. Expecially since we have a job which from the outsider looking in it's a 9am - 3pm day with weekends,holidays, and summers off. But from the person who gives their heart to children everyday, comes in early, stays late, takes home work for the night and weekends we know our job is just as important as the president's. If anything, this dx shows that in a teacher's life, students come first.