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Canadian Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, CFIDS), Fibromyalgia (FM, FMS), and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)  Support Groups

Revised information on Canadian Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, CFIDS), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), and Fibromyalgia (FM, FMS) Support Groups.

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The “Will to Live” Project

By their very nature, no illness, accident, or injury is ever convenient. Someone’s medical care should not be based on what is most expedient, practical, or affordable for anyone other than the patient! It’s important that your wishes be known if — because of the inconvenience of illness, accident, or injury — you are unable to speak for yourself. Some believe that the “Will to Live” in which you appoint a health care proxy or health care agent provides you with more safeguards than does a living will.

Recent events have raised concerns among those of us in the disability community that “the danger in our culture is not that we will be over-treated, but rather that we will be under-treated. We already have the right to refuse medical treatment. What we run the risk of losing is the right to receive the most basic humane care — like food and water — in the event we have a disability.” (Source: Fr. Frank Pavone )
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by Pamela Rice Hahn

(Written in 2005)

I took the Terry Schiavo issue very personally.

I’m of the opinion that once a judge sentences somebody with one disability to die an agonizing death from starvation and dehydration, it’s just a matter of time before that bar is lowered to include another disability and then another….

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Protection for the Disabled

There are many who believe that assisted suicide laws and other such legislation have the potential to discriminate against the disabled.

Disability rights involve more than those opposed to the assisted suicide and euthanasia movement that masks their agenda as compassion. There are other double standards for those with disabling conditions.

This Protection for the Disabled page includes links to disability rights publications and other resources.

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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which is also sometimes referred to as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), is a condition characterized by the primary symptom of a prolonged, persistent debilitating fatigue not relieved by rest and not directly caused by other conditions. In general, a diagnosis for CFS requires that the tiredness is severe enough for at least a 50% decrease in the patient’s ability to participate in ordinary activities. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) describes CFS as a distinct disorder with specific symptoms and physical signs, based on the exclusion of other possible causes.

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Chronic Illness Serenity Prayer Designs

This page is the index to Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and   the wisdom to know where to hide the bodies of anyone whoever said, ‘You’re perfectly healthy; it’s all in your head.’” Chronic Illness Serenity Prayer awareness t-shirt and gift idea designs in the Chronic-Illness.org T-Shirts and Gift Shop.

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Nevada CFS Research Center

CFIDS.org is reporting that, thanks to the work of advocates Annette and Harvey Whittemore whose daughter Andrea has struggled with CFIDS for more than 17 years, the state of Nevada has approved funding for a state-of-the-art clinic and research center for Chronic Fatigue [and Immune Dysfunction] Syndrome and cancer research. For more information, read Out & About: Something to Celebrate.

Harriet McBryde Johnson, whose law practice specializes in disability advocacy, is probably best known for the 13 years she protested the Jerry Lewis Telethon. (She resents how Jerry portrays a child’s MD diagnosis as a “death sentence.”)

In her book Too Late to Die Young, Johnson details what life is like for someone who must depend on a personal assistant to help her attend to many of her daily needs and chores. Johnson explains how she faces her challenges from the seat of her motorized wheelchair by tackling none other than the animal rights advocate and euthanasia champion who believes that “children like her” should be killed at birth to allow the parents to have children who will lead a “happier life.”

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In addition to the chronic illness- and chronic condition-related articles, information, and t-shirt and gift idea designs on this site, Chronic-Illness.org is also the home of the Chronic Illness Realities comic strips.

pammy the pencil a character in the Writing Woes comic strip and the Chronic Illness Realities Comic StripPammy is the main character in two comic strips by Pamela Rice Hahn, the first of which is the Writing Woes comic strip. Pammy is a writer who is also disabled because of chronic illness and chronic conditions, so she also appears in the Chronic Illness Realities comic strip.

 The Everything Low-Salt Cookbook Book: 300 Flavorful Recipes to Help Reduce Your Sodium Intake by Pamela Rice Hahn
 The Everything Diabetes Cookbook: 300 Creative and Healthy Recipes That Put the Fun Back into Cooking by Pamela Rice Hahn
 The Everything One Pot Cookbook: Delicious and simple meals that you can prepare in just one dish; Burst: 300 all-new recipes! 2nd edition by Pamela Rice Hahn
The Everything Improve Your Writing Book 2nd Edition by Pamela Rice Hahn
Alpha Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours  by Pamela Rice Hahn and Ph.D. Dennis E. Hensley

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