Hi...I live in southern California and was dx'd with chronic fatigue "officially" by my doctor today. Honestly, I've had the symptoms for a long time, but today was the first day I asked her, "So...is this chronic fatigue?" and she said yes. It was no new info. - I had come to this conclusion several months ago. At least I don't feel like I am necessarily going crazy anymore, or developing an early case of dementia. But it still is frustrating in that I have been trying to fight this for the better part of 2 years and have not made much progress. I also have a very busy and high-functioning autistic (although maybe "off the spectrum" now) 4 y.o. daughter, who never, ever stops. In addition, hubby works long hours and doesn't believe anything is "wrong" with me, per se, except my attitude, and of course the fact I don't eat enough/"right" as well as don't exercise. I am a "stay-home mom" and am now to the point it's all I can do to shuttle my kid to school, gymnastics, ballet, etc. as well as stay somewhat on top of the laundry, dishes, and keep my plants from dying. I'm not trying to complain, per se. I know I probably have it really good in that I can at least stay out of bed a "normal" time of each day, and I probably get an awful lot done considering how wiped out physiologically I am. The main reason I'm posting here is I have very few "real" friends where I live, despite having tried to "click" with people for the 10 years I've lived in CA, and I have ZERO people whatsoever in my life who can understand let alone support me in fighting CFS. Even hubby constantly piles on more stress with his expectations of me. He doesn't get it at all. And of course, my daughter is enough to exhaust even an incredibly healthy person. My one doctor is out of ideas, while another's ideas all seem to cost over $100 each, and between my health and all we've dealt with for our kiddo, we are completely tapped out financially. I'm just wondering how you all get support/hugs, whatever, be they real or virtual, and if anyone has found anything that has helped them feel better. I have such a high amount of constant stress in my life that I just cannot cut anymore than I have, so I need to find better ways of dealing with it. Exercise has always helped, although now it leaves me more tired. Any ideas for getting into a program again, as well as putting on weight, as I am very, very thin? Thanks for any help anyone can give, and best of luck to all of you. C.