Hi: Greetings from FFAME, Friends, Family and Allies of ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome),
Welcome: Join us for our second on-line phone or computer meeting. We will be meeting monthly, the first Saturday of the month unless another time is suggested.
You can listen in or speak up
SATURDAY OCT. 6, 4pm EST, 1pm Pacific
– From Bobbi Ausubel, facilitator and co-founder, FFAME.
MINUTES: First FFAME ALLIES meeting- Saturday September 8
Submitted by Bev Weiss
APOLOGY: We want to apologize that the video bluejeans link we posted was not working. We hastily updated new info for FFAME website as the meeting started, but are sorry for this inconvenience. It shouldn’t happen again.
JOIN FFAME Facebook Page: You will be able to talk with other allies, receive monthly call information, etc.
You need to join Facebook to be on that site. Email us to find out how if needed.
SUMMARY OF MEETING SEPT 8:
11 participants in our first video call, September 8.
Suggestions from meeting:
- 24 Hour Help Line for ME/CFS community.
RESPONSE: MEAction will look into this over the next year. Definitely a need but will
require major resources not available now.
- List of ME/CFS-friendly practitioners.
RESPONSE: Please see below (Resources About Health Care Professionals) for links.
Also individual state #MEAction Facebook pages may have lists of local practitioners,
below is a link to find your state group.
- How to talk to doctors/friends.
RESPONSE: Good advice from a speaker: persons with ME should bring reputable
scientific/medical information sheet when they go to hospital or doctor, proof sheet that
ME is a medical condition. The meaction.net website has many informational handouts.
#MEAction ME/CFS Research Summary by Jaime Seltzer is one scientific paper that should
surprise any doubting medical person. There are several others too.
There is a video/phone meeting once a month, also there is a Facebook site. This is a
‘hidden’ group. You click on “Join” and ask for permission to join by answering the few questions. The purpose of
permission is to limit the group to only caregivers, making it a safe space to chat.
Join your state’s #MEAction Facebook group:
Consider joining your state’s private Facebook page. Comments are
visible just to the members. Find your regional group. Click on “Join,” you will be asked a few questions, and
then the administrator review-it may take a few days for permission-but you will be
notified. Good place to share information about medical resources in your state and
participate in local advocacy.
Other MEAction groups There are also other groups defined by age/ language/
and country etc. Be sure to scroll down the page, to see the many groups. Do look
up the #meaction affinity and geographic groups: https://www.meaction.net/groups/
Resources about Health Care Professionals:
In addition to resources you might find on your state website, here are a couple of
resources listing healthcare professionals. If you know of other sites, tell us.
If you can take one action, here is one we recommend:
1. Senate Resolution 508: Ask Your Senator to Join Us (write/email or call)
The # MEACTION Congress Team leads community efforts advocating with congress.
Our important goal is to gain the support of our legislators in an effort to have them
allocate funds for ME/CFS research at the National Institute of Health which has the
largest research budget in the world. More info: visit the Congress page.
Scroll down to see: U.S. Congress Introduces Resolution for ME