Melissa Willis wrote -This December marks my 10-year anniversary of living with the devastating disease of ME/CFS. Early on in my illness I had a vision of helping others with this disease and becoming active in the ME/CFS community. I knew that my illness was meant to change my life in order to minister to others in a way I could not possibly do without having been ill. Sadly that has not happened, as I have spent much of my precious energy just trying to get through my daily life and attempting to find effective treatments with the hope of recovery. After 10 years of living with ME/CFS I realize that my own recovery can not be achieved by my efforts alone. That's why I have decided to join the Solve ME/CFS Initiative in their efforts to achieve their mission of making ME/CFS UNDERSTOOD, DIAGNOSABLE and TREATABLE. Currently there are no FDA approved drugs or treatments for the disease. We still lack understanding of the disease itself and have had grossly limited government funding for research of the disease. What we do know is that ME/CFS is a complex disease process affecting multiple systems of the body including immune, inflammation, neuroendocrine and bioenergetics. For me the effects of this illness have taken away the ability to participate in athletic activities I once enjoyed, to work full-time in my chosen career field, to start a family, to travel and to enjoy a normal social life. It has caused a great deal of anxiety and sadness as a result of seeing so many of my life dreams pass me by. It has put a strain on my finances, my relationships and made completing everyday tasks seem like finishing a marathon. The biggest challenge for me and many others living with ME/CFS is maintaining HOPE: hope for effective treatments, hope for recovery from illness, hope for a normal life and hope that their life dreams might yet come true! Please join me along with Solve ME/CFS Initiative by making a DONATION today so that our shared vision of 'A WORLD FREE OF ME/CFS' may someday be realized! If you would like more information on ME/CFS or to make a donation directly please go to www.solvecfs.org. THANK YOU for your support and for helping to give patients living with ME/CFS HOPE through your donation!