The calendar features pictures of and poetry by nationally renowned poets Richard Blanco, Taylor Mali, Michael Parker, Jon Bohrn, Randall Mann, Bill Allegrezza, and more---a poet a month for a great cause.
What is CFIDS? Many people think CFIDS, Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, is just about being 'tired'. That's one extremely significant symptom, but not nearly the only one. Any day now, CFIDS will, hopefully, be reclassified into the category of neurological/immunological illnesses, rather than 'illness of unknown origin'. It affects concentration, short-term memory, the ability to learn new things, causes dizziness, balance problems and visual problems, such as blurred or double vision. It can also cause tinnitis, muscular 'roaming' pain, noise sensitivity, sore throats and voice loss, killer headaches, TMJ, difficulty following conversations and that dreaded 'brain fog', to list the main symptoms. Unfortunately, government agencies have ignored this illness. Barely any funds are available for adequate research. There are no telethons for CFIDS and no celebrities raising money. It's not even taught in most medical schools. It is indeed an illness in much need of support, truly the 'forgotten illness'.
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