I went to my first Fibro/CFS group meeting today. This was in a conference room at the Monterey Peninsula Community hospital here in Carmel, California. I was the only male. I ask if any men ever came to the meeting...and was told "no!" Wonder why? Anyway it was 8 or 9 other sufferers. Most were in their 50's and 60's although two were in their 30's. Super nice group. We all got to tell our stories. We talked about FM and CFS for over 2 hours. Covered a lot of ground, just like this board. It wasn't a depressing meeting. Even though we all were in pain, everyone did everything they could to block it out and be as calm as possibe and as positive as possible. I can't wait to go back to the next meeting. It was kind fo like meeting people on this board in person. And it was a real mix. From length of time of this problem, to different levels of pain, from pain management and herbal remedies and other medical sharing. And different DX's besides the FM. Also, some attendees were financially devastated like me, some had no money problems. This wasn't discussed much in this group today. But there was an instant bond here regardless of background. Quite unlike any I have seen. A lot of compassion was shared. It was definitely worth attending.