What were you like before you got sick? What's your story? 1997: I had just finished graduate school at a prestigious university (snooty place!) and was in the first year of working at my new job. I was a runner, fitness enthusiast and overall high achiever. I almost never, ever took naps or was tired. In fact, I was almost never, ever sick and if I was I could almost always continue to work/go to school if I was. Before this time I was always working out too and very, very healthy. In 1996 I started to feel very tired at the end of the day for no reason. The doctor told me I was just depressed, but I knew this did not feel like depression, it felt like exhaustion- total exhaustion. In 1997 I got a very bad case of food poisoning and was never the same since. I had to go on medical leave two months later and eventually had to quit and move across the country and live with my parents at 27. This illness is such a HUGE departure from what I am and who I was that it amazes me and maddens me to no end that some people think I am faking it or am really not sick. Are you kidding me???!! I have missed out on so much and have suffered so much, why would I fake this??? I would love to here about you all and how you were before you got sick and what your story is. Thank you.