I want to raise awareness of CFIDS/ME by writing a booklet meant for the SO's (significant others) and family members of people newly diagnozed. This is because I've seen what's happened with my brother over the last 20 years of his illness, how hard it is for people to understand and how hard it is, frankly, for Normals - like me - to live with (especially in severe cases). I've seen people drop out of his life or avoid coming into his life; I've watched and helped him struggle to remember how to get places that he knows where to go - it's a terrible illness. I've also worked with a wonderful woman whose FM made it really hard to get her work done - and as her supervisor, i had to figure out how to help her get her stuff done. Very hard. I've also seen the great generosity and spiritual groundedness of CFS and FM persons - and have seen myself grow in understanding. But that's because I've lived with it. I'd like to help out new "norms" so they have some idea of how they can react to keep the relationship going. <----Do you think that part is possible, long-term? It would be great if #1: a cure was found or #2 a reliable treatment was found or #3 there was money to pay for the things that the sick person can't do - clean house, get to the grocery store, cook, write down a list of what's needed to buy a the grocery store. All that seems very very far away. I think that Normals need a support group, too - but I haven't found one yet. I'd appreciate any input or advice from anybody. Please forgive me if I've been presumptuous in any way. Thanks.