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May 12 ME/CFS FM Awareness Day Celebrates 25 Years

On May 12th, individuals around the globe will be celebrating International ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and 2017 marks the 25th anniversary. The May 12th date was chosen because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday and she was believed to have suffered from ME/CFS. Every year a number of events are held to celebrate and highlight May 12th…

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Patient Voice – Look For Surprises

Still reeling from her diagnosis, Nicole shares how three surprises took her down a path that led her to help, hope and BHC. Nicole Paolucci Rabanal is a wife, mother, friend and physical therapists from Steamboat Springs CO. Upon returning to health she looks forward to living her life fully again as a wife, mother,…

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Patient Voice – Being Heard

One of the most important things you can do for some one suffering from ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia is to be understanding, supportive and to listen. Just listening can be such a special gift to someone. Do you recall a time you really felt heard? Is there someone in your life who is a great support…

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Feedback Survey – We Want to Hear from You!

“Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.” –Alan Alda In 2015, the Fatigue Consultation Clinic (FCC) and the Organization for Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Education & Research (OFFER) came together to form the Bateman Horne Center (BHC). We envisioned a world where patients with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia are readily diagnosed, effectively treated, and…

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BHC Partners with UNREST Premiere at Sundance

After years of work and hundreds of hours of footage, Jen Brea’s documentary, now entitled Unrest, recently debuted at the Sundance Resort as part of the Sundance Film Festival. The Bateman Horne Center (BHC) was honored to partner with Ms. Brea and Unrest on one of several screening events. On Sunday, January 22nd, BHC helped fill a theatre with…

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My Story in Art

When you are living with chronic illness like ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia, engaging in healthy grieving can be among the many challenges. You may face periods of shock and numbness, denial, anger, and intense emotional pain. Experts say it is essential that you engage your grief reaction and practice patience with yourself as you learn to express…

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Patient Voice – Back to School

Topic for September: Tell us about something your chronic illness has taught you. Living with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia, so much is lost, but many tell us of the things they’ve gained as well. How have you learned to live a full life, in spite of living with a debilitating disease? Have you had moments when you thrive? What…

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Finding Recreation Again

When someone is living with a debilitating chronic illness, one of the first things come to an end is any kind of recreational activity, for self and for the family. There are a number of adaptive recreation organizations across the US that can help people of all abilities – even ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia – enjoy many activities again.…

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Ten Minutes in Living Color

In this entry of the Patient Voice, Anne shares how her love of quilting, and carving out just a few minutes at her longarm frame, brought her ten minutes in living color – a sense of normalcy and bliss. If you have a similar story to tell, please share it with us. Learn more about…

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Parenting a Child with ME/CFS

Parenting is one of life’s greatest challenges, made all the more complex if your child has a chronic illness like ME/CFS. We want you to know that you have options for building a strong network of support to help cope with the challenges of special needs parenting. Written by a mom who walks this road with…

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