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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.


Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association is an all-volunteer organization. Please become a member to help us to continue our work and respond to the many needs of the patient community. All of our income is used to support essential services.

Become a member or renew your membership  

An annual Membership Contribution of $25/year for Individuals, and $40 for a Family (two or more related individuals), is requested for membership.  Larger membership contributions help support those who are unable to pay.

If you are unable to afford the Membership Contribution, we offer Courtesy and Reduced Fee memberships.

We use your support to:

  • Publish our website which provides up-to-date information about ME/CFS and fibromyalgia covering a broad range of topics, sends out alerts about current news and developments, and accepts requests for support services

  • Maintain our Information Line where trained volunteers respond to general questions about the two illnesses (which often overlap) and serve as a gateway to the Association's support services

  • Assist with referrals to healthcare providers

  • Give guidance on disability process and related issues

  • Better educate and expand awareness within the community

  • Establish a public information group to reach out to various forms of media

  • Improve communication with pertinent state and federal agencies

  • Sponsor public educational lectures

  • Be advocates at all possible levels (local, state, national)

Become a member or renew your membership


All contributions or donations are gratefully acknowledged and are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. We thank you for your support.

Courtesy and Reduced Fee Memberships

Our primary goal as an Association is to serve those with ME/CFS. No one interested in becoming a member will be excluded because of financial hardship.

If the $25 annual membership contribution constitutes a significant hardship, we offer Courtesy (free) and Reduced Fee ("Pay What You Can") membership.

For a Courtesy or Reduced Fee Membership, please do the following:

  1. Fill out the Membership form on our website; sign up for Courtesy Membership and check the box "I will send payment by check." Submit the form. These steps are necessary to complete the enrollment process.
  2. For a Courtesy membership: You may ignore the "Invoice" which will arrive automatically via email.
  3. For a Reduced Fee membership: Follow the steps above and then Donate what you are able to afford.

Courtesy and Reduced Fee memberships carry all the benefits and privileges of Individual membership.

Sample Letter

In this day age of electronic communication, emails tend to get lost among the masses. If you have the strength, it is better to write a letter and mail it.

Sample Letter 

As one of your voting constituents, I ask that you support increased research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(ME/CFS)  also known as the Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS). Over 2,000,000 American men, women, and children of all races and socioeconomic classes have ME/CFS. ME/CFS is a terribly debilitating and serious illness, with symptoms including incapacitating fatigue (experienced as profound exhaustion and extremely poor stamina), muscle and joint pain, cognitive difficulties such as information processing and concentration problems, and numerous other symptoms. Persons with ME/CFS if not totally disabled, function at a substantially lower level of activity than they were capable of before becoming ill.

Although there have been many advances in the understanding of ME/CFS, it remains a complex and difficult disease to diagnose and treat. Improved understanding is severely hampered by inadequate funding for the critical research needed to better define its impact and identify more effective treatments to ultimately find the cause, treatment and a cure. In a recent survey fielded to more than 8,100 medical professionals and researchers from a variety of disciplines, 77% felt that the amount of professional education about ME/CFS is not adequate and 87% indicated a need for more funding for ME/CFS research.

Therefore, I urge you to support legislation which will increase the amount and quality of research on ME/CFS by our national public health agencies. For more information, please contact the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association at 617-471-5559 or visit their website at www.masscfids.org. Please help us increase awareness of ME/CFS by recognizing May 12 as International ME/CFS Awareness Day. Thank you for your consideration of these important matters.



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.