Author Archives: Jennie Spotila

Wheelchair – HELP!

I need a new wheelchair, and I need your help! I have used a manual chair for many years, relying on friends and family to push me around. But the chair gets caught in pavement cracks, has trouble going over … Continue reading

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P2P: Where Next?

There is one official final step in the P2P process: a federal partners meeting supposed to be held six to eight months after the workshop. But there are other marching orders, too. For us. Federals Only As described on the … Continue reading

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Showing the Back of Their Heads

The final P2P report is published, and now it’s time to evaluate the quality of the recommendations and how well the process served ME/CFS patients. There are many good things in the P2P report, and I’ll be focusing on those … Continue reading

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P2P Final Chapter

The final P2P ME/CFS documents are coming out today. I am severely crashed from family obligations, so in-depth analysis will take me a little longer than normal. But here are quick descriptions of the various articles to get you started: … Continue reading

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Stuck? Four Months of Almost Nothing

In this guest post, Dr. Alan Gurwitt argues that it is time for ME/CFS advocacy to move on and move forward. The post first appeared on the website for the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, and is reprinted here with … Continue reading

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Contradictions And Unanswered Questions

The P2P process is winding down, with the final report scheduled to be published on June 16th. The public comment saga has not been resolved, and the truth of what happened is buried in typical bureaucratic responses. As I have … Continue reading

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Running in the Background

Sometimes, there’s no real news to report because things are running in the background. If you are a Mac user, then you are probably familiar with the beach ball of death. It just spins and spins while you wait for … Continue reading

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Incompetence is Not Criminal

There is no disputing the fact that the Office of Disease Prevention botched the public comment process on the P2P report. But according to the Office of the Inspector General, it’s not worth their attention. In April, I asked the … Continue reading

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Very Very Aware

May 12th is International ME/CFS Awareness Day, selected because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. If you look around blogs and social media today, you’ll probably see a lot of blue ribbons and statements from patients. There’s the May 12th Blog … Continue reading

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The Burial of ME

Mary Dimmock has published an extraordinary review of the last thirty years of ME history. With her permission, I’ve reported her announcement with the link to the full document below. I highly recommend reading as much of this document as … Continue reading

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