Here's the email greeting card I sent to all my friends: Today, May 12th is National CFS Awareness Day! I so very much appreciate your care & understanding, my friends. Love, Roseblossom Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is a serious disabling illness that is still one of the most misunderstood. The Centers for Disease Control defines it as: Unexplained, persistent disabling fatigue that is not alleviated by rest, has lasted over six months, and results in substantial reduction of previous levels of activity. The profound exhaustion of a person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) bears no relation to the fatigue a healthy person feels as the result of a busy life. Other symptoms include: sore throat & swollen, painful or tender cervical lymph nodes; muscle pain & multi-joint pain; post-exertion/stress malaise lasting more than 24 hours; unrefreshing sleep; heightened central nervous system sensitivity & distress; and difficulty with concentration or memory in the presence of sensory overload. The illness waxes & wanes unpredictably, with the severity of symptoms varying from day to day. People with CFS describe it as feeling on their worst days as if they have a bad case of flu… and then on their better days, feeling as if they are in recovery from a bad case of flu. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complex, multi-system illness, presenting as abnormalities in the immune, neurological, endocrine and other systems. People with the illness can have a function level that can be compared to that of someone with heart disease or multiple sclerosis, or to someone with cancer undergoing chemotherapy. As of yet there is no cure - only treatments to alleviate the discomfort of symptoms, and lifestyle changes to reduce contact with stressors. Therapy to understand & accept a disabling health event for which there is no cure may also be helpful.