Any ideas on how to start an FM/CFS support group, but for adolescents? I'm not really sure where to begin, or if there even are JPFMS/CFS sufferers in my area, but I think that it might help. The only FM or CFS support group is about 40 minutes away from me, and everyone who goes there is a lot older (no one under late 30's or 40's). I've become increasingly aware that having this disorder when you're older and when you're younger are two drastically different situations. (ie, young people are known to want to experience new things, yet with FM or CFS, most of the things that I want to try, I can't; young people don't typically get sore--older people do. It's harder to accept the pain if you're so young; being social is a huge aspect of being a teenager, and I haven't been able to see my friends enough since I got sick. I've lost a lot of them.) I'm not completely sold on the idea yet, because I don't know if I have the energy to put into it after school, but I do want to explore the idea...I'm just not sure how you even start a support group. Has anyone else started one, or known someone who started one? Do most support groups typically have experts there every week, like doctors? The groups I went to (migraine and fm) had experts, but I'm not sure if that's how all groups are run. And do you just give out discussion topics? If I do decide to take this further, I want to have it completely planned out. The migraine group I went to was so disorganized that they ended up just doing introductions every meeting, and barely got any discussion in. It was like sitting in a classroom, listening to a completely monotonous teacher drone on and on about your least favorite subject. Any ideas/tips/suggestions/input would be great :].