I am into this illness 14 months and I still consider myself to be in the ealy stages. I just did a search online though about recovery and it says the early stages are under 6 months. It took me 9 months to even get the diagnosis. They say most people recovery with in a year if they are going to recovery...gosh that just made me really depressed. Maybe it is my hormones but I am crying over one stupid article that said people over a year won't recover...aghhh sometimes the internet is not a good place for research! It also said that children who have CFS recover..why do you think they recover and we don't?