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ME/CFS International Awareness Day
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  • Alternative Title:
    Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) International Awareness Day
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    May 12th is the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) International Awareness Day. On this special day, we highlight how you can support the millions of people who suffer from ME/CFS. ME/CFS is a serious, long-term illness that affects many body systems. People with ME/CFS have severe fatigue and sleep problems. ME/CFS symptoms may get worse even after minor physical, mental, or emotional tasks or effort. This phenomenon is known as post-exertional malaise (PEM). Other symptoms can include problems with thinking and concentrating, pain, and dizziness. Often, people with ME/CFS may not be able to do their usual activities. Many adults with ME/CFS are unable to work and long-term unemployment often brings further hardship. When children have this illness, their education is often affected. May 12th honors the birthday of Florence Nightingale, an important social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. Despite being virtually bedridden with a painful and fatiguing illness resembling ME/CFS or fibromyalgia, she established the Nightingale Training School in 1860. This May 12th, 2020, marks her 200th birthday and the 28th year of ME/CFS International Awareness Day.
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