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Spring and New Things by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome "I am thankful that in a troubled world no calamity can prevent the return of spring." -- Helen Keller I have always loved the shift of seasons.  Autumn used to be my fa ... Read on »
Some Resources for Those who are Bedridden by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Years ago, when I first became housebound (and eventually bedridden) with ME, I had very few places to turn.  I was living alone at the time, and while I had some friends ... Read on »
Through a Window by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Last spring and early summer, I was able to lie outside for an hour or two for the first time in nearly three years.  It felt glorious.  I hope soon to get another taste ... Read on »
Awareness Video (Revised): What is ME/CFS? by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A few years ago, I created a short, informational video in the hopes of increasing awareness about ME/CFS -- the extremely serious and debilitating disease from which I su ... Read on »
On Memories by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome "I remember everything!" As a little girl, I was known to frequently make this rather bold (and no doubt equally annoying) proclamation. There was nothing in my l ... Read on »
Small Victories and a Few Sweet Moments by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome It has been quite some time since I posted to my blog. This is in part because I haven't felt well enough to put my thoughts together in any kind of formal, unified manne ... Read on »
Nature's Solace by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome     I try to notice something new with each visit, such as a shrub or cactus that previously escaped my notice, the formations and patterns of the clouds, t ... Read on »
Holding on to Hope by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A few months ago, I received a catalog in the mail from a popular clothing company.  Splashed among the first few pages, I found an array of photos showing off their new l ... Read on »
In the Meantime... by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome There has been much I would have liked to have written about in the last many months, but my health has just been too poor. I hope to be well enough to start writing again ... Read on »
In Memory of Emily by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome It is with much sadness that I write of the passing of Emily Collingridge, who died on Sunday at the age of 30 from complications of severe ME. Emily, who had been sic ... Read on »
These Small Candles by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome One thing I think this illness has taught me over the years is the need to maintain a constant sense of perspective. I can recall healthier days many years ago when I s ... Read on »
Testimony: A Glimpse into Severe ME/CFS by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The upcoming CFS Advisory Committee (CFSAC) meeting will be held in Washington on November 8th and 9th. For those who may not be aware, the CFSAC exists to provide recom ... Read on »
New Reasons to Hope by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Earlier this week, it was announced that the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) won $100,000 in the Vivint Gives Back Project . This was very exciting news both for the ... Read on »
Recognition and Reflection by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The below journal entry was written in 2001 sometime after becoming mostly bedbound and unable to speak above a whisper. I had lost so much, and had no real means by whi ... Read on »
Small Moments of Grace by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Not much happens in my world. The days come and go, the sun rises and then falls again, the seasons repeatedly turn and the traffic outside my window zooms by. As I remai ... Read on »
ME/CFS Memorial by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This video is in honor of Lynn Gilderdale, Sophia Mirza and the many others who have passed on as a result of severe ME/CFS. While these stories are difficult to ... Read on »
Compassion and the Power of Words by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A few months ago, a friend shared with me the below video. It really struck a chord. Before I say any more, I'll let you watch it for yourself First, let me ... Read on »
It's Time To Vote Again! by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Thanks to all who voted for the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) in Round 1 of the Chase Community Giving charity event, which ended earlier this month. The WPI came i ... Read on »
The Magnitude of Time by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome My window is open and I can hear the birds singing as a warm breeze brushes against my face. I watch a squirrel sprint up a freshly budded mesquite tree in search of ... Read on »
Make A Difference: Vote for the WPI by Laurel B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Thank you for all your kind and supportive comments in response to my last post. I continue to be offline even more than usual as I recover from recent setbacks and ongoing ... Read on »