PUTTING YOU AT THE CENTER OF RESEARCH
The Chronicle of the CFIDS Association of America
A Cure Will Be Found
June 2nd, 2013 began like any other day. I could barely lift myself out of bed, yet I knew my life was about to change. “DJ, the catalyst is here, the catalyst is here!! I know it hurts, but today you need to push through it.”
For five years I had been living in an ocean of solitude where no one was like me…Where no one knew me… But something incredible was about to happen—I’d realize that I wasn’t alone.
When I arrived at the Catalyst Café it felt as though I had just entered my Mecca. I was instantly greeted by Dr. Suzanne Vernon. She didn’t know who I was, but I could tell that she already knew my story. As I looked around the room, everyone appeared to be seemingly normal. “Who is sick, who isn’t sick?” The presentation rolled along with bomb-shell revelations… With every new thing Dr. Vernon discussed, I could feel the optimism transforming into pure empowerment. Mere minutes earlier my life had absolutely no purpose, no meaning. My Kryptonite had been my Achilles heel for far too long.
No longer would I stand in the shad-ows waiting for the cure to come to me.
No longer would I let this horrible disease rob me and millions more of the lives we once had and of all the greatness we have yet to achieve.
“My hope is full of questions
My eyes are no longer riddled with doubt
My life has such a deeper meaning
What’s lost, can always be found
I’ve been treading water,
But I will never drown
Dear World, I’m one of one million
We’re still alive
and we’re dying to be found"
Our voice can catalyze crowds
Our hope will triumph the doubt
Our lives can turn back around
And one day… A cure will be found”
Even in our limited capacity, we have the power to make a difference. My name is DJ Gilbert, and I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…
In this issue
A Cure Will Be Found
RIWW: Breaking Down Barriers to Progress
LogoOmics: Making Sense Out of Scientific Chaos
Shortening the Path to Successful Treatments
ME/CFS: In The Know
A Note from Interim CEO Maryam Aghamirzadeh
Board of Directors & Professional Staff
Supporting the Cause
This page last updated on August 13, 2013