Fibromyalgia/CFS Patients April 22, 2003 To whom it may concern: Hello, we are the many faces of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, and it is time for you to take notice! We have all suffered chronic pain and fatigue for most, if not all, of our lives. We’ve been told that we were crazy, that the pain was “all in our heads,” and that we should quit begging for attention for the duration of our illnesses. Even some doctors tell us that our illnesses don’t exist. It’s time for this viewpoint to change. The purpose of the biographies that we have attached is to show how much we’ve lost in our lives due to Invisible Chronic Illnesses. We ARE begging for your attention this time, but not for personal gain. To the contrary, we are simply asking that we be heard so that no one else has to deal with ignorance. We want to increase awareness for our illnesses and others like ours. It’s time to let others know that you don’t have to “look sick” to BE sick. Thank you so much for your time. We hope that you will take the time to read the biographies we have compiled. Each one tells the individual’s story of trials, doctors, friends, and loved ones lost; all because of our illness. We stand strong, but only because we are united by a single cause: to raise public awareness. Again, thank you for your time and God bless. Sincerely, The Invisible Chronic Illness patients at ImmuneSupport.com Enclosed: 170 personal biographies.