Persuasion Smith covers the bases on the misleading and disreputable name for our disease we’ve all been saddled with …
If there is one thing that is sure to get ME/CFS sufferers riled up, it is the name of our disease.
The very fact that two names are attached to each other, janus-like, almost as if mocking one another seems emblematic of all the controversy surrounding the illness.
If only we could just sort out the name, perhaps everything else would fall into place.
For how can anyone trust a condition with such a slippery, inconclusive title?
Dr. Derek Enlander suggested that we could re-name the illness ‘Ramsay’s disease’ in the grand tradition of calling diseases after the people who first documented them.… Read More
Jody Smith remembers the early days of the Phoenix Rising forums – and explains why she’s glad to be back…
I don’t know exactly when I stumbled upon Phoenix Rising. It was during a period of years now shrouded in a CFS fog, when I was mostly awake in the middle of the night, sleeping through much of the day.
I spent time on the computer as my body and brain allowed, searching for any information that might help me find out what was so desperately wrong with me.
Many sites taunted me by being too difficult for my crippled brain to comprehend.
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Dr. Reeves produced the five year plan for the CDC’s CFS research team. He was in his element. He seemed sincere and open; patients think of him as something of an ogre but you’d never get sight of that in his presentations. Kim McCleary later noted that he’s a master at the art of presentation. But one suspects that he’s masterful in the way that many government officials are. They’re always very nice but it’s often difficult to get a straight answer to a question.
The standard MO for dealing with an issue seems to be to give a history lesson.… Read More