Hi All, I guess I have "joined the club" so to speak, and as I have read through many pages of your posts I have been quite impressed with your compassion and knowledge. I am strictly CFS, pretty much 19/20 of the symptoms! My question concerns getting better. I have heard it explained much like a type of remission condition, suchas in cancer or Lupus, a flare-up for a period of time, then you feel normal again. Is this how it works, or is my MD trying to break it to me gently?! Also, I realize everyone is different, but how long do the flares v. the good time last? Is your first period of illness indicative of the course of your long term illness (short first flare=short flares forever) I am/was? a triathlete, competitive runner, tennis, etc, very physically active and when my brain fog allows, I truly can't comprehend the change there will be in my life. I was diagnosed about 2 months ago, but have felt this way about 10-12 months, but like a stubborn idiot wrote it off to stress. Anyway, sorry for the long message, but I can already tell with the exception of my MD, my best friend and another girl I work with, most people I know are still in the "Yuppie Flu" mindset....yeah I'm just loving this great vacation from work:sleeping 16 or so hours a day and going to the grocery store feeling like one of the marathons I run. Thanks so much for your time and responses. I really appreciate them, and it looks like I will really appreciate this board.