May 12 International Awareness Day 20th Anniversary

On Saturday May 12 please wear blue and save a  blue ribbon to your computer to help raise awareness for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,  or purple for Fibromyalgia.

The month of May is ME/CFS and FM Awareness Month, and 2012 marks the 20th anniversary for an International May 12th Awareness Day.

The idea originated with Tom Hennessy, the founder of RESCIND (Repeal Existing Stereotypes about Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases). Mr. Hennessy designated May 12 as the International Awareness Day for the spectrum of illnesses he called Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND).

May 12 was chosen as it corresponded with the birthdate of Florence Nightingale, the English army nurse who inspired the founding of the International Red Cross.

Nightingale became chronically ill in her mid-thirties with an ME/CFS-like illness. She spent the last 50 years of her life virtually bedridden. Despite suffering from an incapacitating illness, she managed to found the world’s first School of Nursing.

This determined woman of the late 19th century is a symbol of inspiration and hope to sufferers of these chronic disorders in the late 20th century.

To connect with May 12th International Awareness events click the following links:

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3 Responses to May 12 International Awareness Day 20th Anniversary

  1. Valerie Free says:


  2. Lisa D. Ahmeni says:

    Activities were low key. We need more publicity to help raise awareness. Love your blog.

  3. Sue says:

    Thanks for doing your part on raising awareness!

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