The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association, a 501(c)3 founded in 1985, exists to meet the needs of patients with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) or FM (Fibromyalgia), their families and loved ones. The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association works to educate health-care providers and the general public regarding these severely-disabling physical illnesses. We also support patients and their families and advocate for more effective treatment and research.
- Last Updated: 30 May 2020 30 May 2020
Our champion, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), submitted a bipartisan letter to the Senate Leadership requesting ME/CFS research funding in future COVID-19 response legislation. You can see the letter here and Senator Markey's press release here. Twelve other Senators signed the letter, including Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Angus S. King Jr. (I-Maine), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Michael Bennet (D-Col.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
If you contacted your Senators and they signed, please send them a thank you through Facebook or Twitter. If you contacted your Senators and they did not sign, please contact them again and ask why not. They will have another opportunity to support the ME/CFS community as early as next week when Senator Markey will introduce a Senate Resolution to raise awareness. And keep your eye out for our next action alert.
Press Release: Researchers Expect COVID-19 Will Lead to Surge in Chronic Illness, ME Sufferers Speak Out.
- Last Updated: 12 May 2020 12 May 2020
Some post-COVID patients are not recovering as expected, and researchers are predicting the pandemic will lead to a surge in long-term chronic illness, including an uptick in cases of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME - also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS), a debilitating illness that affects more than 1 million Americans.
- Last Updated: 15 January 2020 15 January 2020
We are deeply saddened to bring you news of two deaths in our Massachusetts ME/CFS community: Elizabeth (Libby) Potter and Heather Colman-McGill.
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Notice about names
The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association would like to clarify the use of the various acronyms for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on this site. When we generate our own articles on the illness, we will refer to it as ME/CFS, the term now generally used in the United States. When we are reporting on someone else’s report, we will use the term they use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies, including the CDC, are currently using ME/CFS.
Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association changed its name in July, 2018, to reflect this consensus.