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The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, a 501(c)3 founded in 1985, exists to meet the needs of patients with CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) or FM (Fibromyalgia), their families and loved ones. The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association works to educate health-care providers and the general public regarding these severely-disabling physical illnesses. We also support patients and their families and advocate for more effective treatment and research.

Public health and healthcare professionals, researchers and school nurses, please join us for a special film and panel event. This screening of UNREST, the Sundance award-winning and Oscar contender documentary by Jennifer Brea, which tells one patient's story of living with the disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, which the CDC has called "America's hidden health crisis." The film will be followed by a panel discussion. 5:30 - 8:15 p.m. Hosted at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton, MA. Get more information or register.

Can't make this event? See Unrest in Shelburne Falls at Pothole Pictures June 8 or 9.



Notice about names

The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association would like to clarify the use of the various acronyms for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on this site. When we generate our own articles on the illness, we will refer to it as ME/CFS, the term now generally used in the United States. When we are reporting on someone else’s report, we will use the term they use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are currently using ME/CFS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are calling the illness CFS.

Until there is consensus on a name for the illness, the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association name will not change.