Like many people, I've gone completely broke trying to get better from something like CFS. I did actually get better...I would say from about 30% to 85-90%...but it still takes gobs of money to stay there. For now. Of course, the eventual goal is my body will be able to function on its own without a lot of intervention. But for now it's still lots of supplements and IVs, etc. I have gotten insanely frustrated over the years at not only the lack of support in general but the lack of financial options to help fund treatments. Insurance doesn't cover anything I do (just about) so the last 10 years of dealing with this has been out-of-pocket. With being unable to work normally or at all 3/4 of that time, it doesn't take a genius to see how quickly you can go broke. This isn't news to anyone reading this, I'm sure. So, I'm trying to beat the system by forming a charity. By helping people using a similar strategy I used to get well, I'm interested in funding people's medical costs for, say, a year at a time. I want to help people implement a strategy to get well, including using a medical-detective-type doctor. This is in the ground stages for me. I'm not sure where it will go yet. I haven't collected any money yet and am in the process of figuring out how to write the grants, organize fundraisers, etc. One of the goals of this charity is to help people get a life back...to be able to simply work again to support themselves. To take the financial pressure off for a while so they can intensely pursue healing modalities and then perhaps later give back themselves. Anyway, I'm curious about feedback...like I said this is new and I'm gathering ideas. I have the 501c3 status and looking to take off soon. The kind of money, from my experience, it takes to get better is so great that the charity at first may only be able to help a few people and I've been criticized for that but my feeling is, if one person gets better, they can help another person do the same. We seem to be dealing with this mostly by ourselves, without any real help, especially if insurance doesn't cover your treatments. I felt like I wanted to do something. Welcome your ideas.