Author: Erica Verrillo

WHY WE CARE: Directly Supporting People with ME

Erica Verrillo is founder of The American Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society (AMMES), which provides direct assistance (rent, clothing, food, etc.) to people with ME who are in crisis in the U.S., as well as resources to the ME community. A generous donor has offered a matching donation of five thousand dollars to

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Remembering the Forgotten: How AMMES Lessens Isolation and Neglect

Erica Verrillo is the president of the American ME and CFS Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. May is the month for acknowledging the Millions Missing – the millions of ME/CFS patients who, through the years, have suffered from poor medical care, insufficient research into the cause and mechanisms of the disease, and a paucity of clinical trials

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Food, Clothing and Shelter: Delivering the Basics to People with ME

Erica Verrillo is President of the American ME and CFS Society (AMMES)  When I was a child, my mother taught me the three basics of human survival: Food, clothing, and shelter. These, she said, are essential for our existence. At the time, I understood food to be essential, and possibly shelter, but I did not

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HOMELESS: How AMMES is Keeping People with ME in their Homes

Years ago, Dr. Bell made the observation that many people currently living in cars most likely had chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). (The acronym myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) was not used at that time.) Under any circumstances, the threat of homelessness causes despair, but among people with ME/CFS the prospect of losing a home is terrifying. Seriously

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