The Million Letter Campaign (MLC) By Pattie Caprio In May 2002, I (Pattie Caprio) was injured in an automobile accident that left me disabled. After being examined by over 22 physicians, I was diagnosed with developing three overlapping, yet separate, diseases: fibromyalgia, CFIDS, and multiple chemical sensitivity, a disorder triggered by exposures to chemicals in the environment. These three diseases are affect approximately 10 percent of the population. After becoming disabled, I began the grueling task to prove my case to the judicial system. Because there are no tests available that can prove one has these diseases, it was extremely difficult to win my pending SSD and personal injury cases. I was also informed by my attorney that in the state of Pennsylvania, there is no clinical evidence that proves one can develop these diseases from trauma to the body—-even though there were numerous research projects by medical professionals, that pointed to trauma being the catalyst of these syndromes. I decided to help the millions that were in the same situation as myself. We needed to unite as one voice to raise awareness for national recognition for theses debilitating diseases. I started to contact websites that had information on these diseases, seeking help to execute a writing campaign to the major television stations nation wide. In the United States, these letters would be sent to Laura Bush, 20/20, ABC News, FOX News, “60 Minutes,” CBS News, Montel Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Barbara Walters, “Nightline,” CNBC, “Annie’s Mailbox,” and Mike Leavitt, Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. A month into my web searching, I came across Dominie Soo Bush, a woman in Florida who had been suffering with FM for the past 14 years. She was willing to participate in the campaign, and released an email blast to her readers on her web site. Within one week I had over 400 emails. From that day forward, I was receiving anywhere from 25 to 50 emails daily. I started to organize my program for the purpose of awareness and encouraged these sick debilitated sufferers to join forces with my campaign. A Yahoo group account was created so that we could all converse and upload files so that everyone could view what was currently taking place. Because of the volume of research and contacts we made, the MILLION LETTER CAMPAIGN (MLC) became so widespread that we reached the following countries for support: South Africa, Canada, Italy, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, China, parts of the UK, France, and Switzerland. If we had proper funding for more research towards a cure or at least some evidence that there was something being done at a national level, it would encourage the millions that suffer to look forward to a brighter future. The prospect for Phase 2 of MLC is to continue writing letters to Congress. We started this phase and are hoping to get some feedback soon. Working towards national recognition is not an easy task. There are many organizations that need to be contacted. Because we are very ill, it makes it twice as difficult to accomplish our long-term goals. However, we persevere with what we have to work with. Our congressional petitions still continue today until we are heard. Man is self-destructive. Without uniting as one voice, we have little chance of combating the many diseases that plague our globe. Without more exposure to these issues, our children will be faced with even more devastation in generations to come. Source: NFA newsletter.