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"I went from 1st grade through a PhD with CFIDS. The keys are creative coping and unusual approaches to studying."

— Longterm CFIDS patient

What about school?

A primary concern for children and adolescents with ME/CFS is how to continue their education. Many patients are too sick to attend school regularly, or at all.  Some school personnel have trouble understanding that ME/CFS is a real, physical illness, especially if doctors are slow to arrive at a diagnosis. However, public schools are legally required to make accommodations so that children with physical impairments, including ME/CFS, can get a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Please see Educational Rights for information about working with schools, and Information for Schools for information to share with school personnel.