May 12th is International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Awareness Day events also recognize Fibromyalgia (FM), Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS), Lyme Disease, and other chronic neuro-endocrine-immune diseases (NEIDs). Awareness Week runs from May 12th-18th, and the whole of May is Awareness Month. As with many awareness campaigns, ribbons are worn to show support for the campaign – blue for ME/CFS, purple for FM, and green for MCS, lime green for Lyme disease.
To read more about the events, and how you can participate, read the article by Mark on Phoenix Rising. There you will see lots of links, options to participate, and to learn more about the organizations involved. Many of the suggested activities are as simple as liking a Facebook page of certain organizations, or grabbing a banner to put on your own Facebook or website page.
There is also an article on ProHealth summarizing the history of ME Awareness Day (founded by Tom Hennessey in the early 1990s in commemoration of Florence Nightingale’s birthday), and exploring where you can go for more information and how to get involved.