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).
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: