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Public Comment on Engaging People with ME

I delivered these comments via telephone today at the CFS Advisory Committee meeting: My name is Jennifer Spotila. I will soon begin my 25th year of living with ME. People with ME know this disease. We have valuable insights and … Continue reading

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Talk To FDA About Chronic Pain

The FDA wants to hear from people with chronic pain, and is hosting a meeting on July 9, 2018 to collect public input. I have chronic pain, and I know that many of you do as well. This meeting is … Continue reading

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Those CDC Documents

Last month, I wrote about CDC wanting to charge me over $200 for documents I had requested under the Freedom of Information Act. I was looking for information on how much CDC had spent on the Institute of Medicine (now … Continue reading

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CFSAC Public Comment, January 2017

I prepared comments for the January 13, 2017 CFS Advisory Committee meeting, but when my time arrived I decided to wing it. Below is my best reconstruction of what I said, a mixture of my prepared and spontaneous remarks. Start … Continue reading

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CFS Advisory Committee Meeting Outcomes

The CFS Advisory Committee is charged with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues related to ME/CFS. HHS has a very patchy record in its responses to CFSAC recommendations, but the committee’s public meetings remain highly significant. … Continue reading

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CFSAC Comments, Terri Wilder

Editor’s note: Terri Wilder made these remarks at the May 18, 2016 meeting of the CFS Advisory Committee. I’m pleased to publish her complete comments, with her permission. For new readers, ME refers to myalgic encephalomyelitis, a neuroimmune disease.  Good … Continue reading

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#MillionsMissing

For as long as I have been an ME/CFS advocate, I have heard people say we should protest/take to the streets/be more like ACT UP. But for the most part, demonstrations have been small (even one woman) shows. That is … Continue reading

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We Are All Noncompliant

I learned something about ME/CFS advocacy from a comic book. Now wait, stay with me. I realize this sounds bizarre, especially coming from me. I haven’t read a comic book since I was eight years old. Enter Bitch Planet, a … Continue reading

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Someone Had To Say It

A long story about this moment in ME/CFS research and advocacy by journalist Virginia Gewin was published in Mosaic, a publication of the Wellcome Trust today. The article includes a great profile of Dr. Lenny Jason, coverage of the PACE … Continue reading

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FDA Progress on Measuring Outcomes

I have an update on the progress of the ME/CFS Outcomes Measures Working Group working with FDA. As I reported in March 2015, the FDA helped convene a Working Group comprised of representatives from FDA, NIH, CDC, and academia in … Continue reading

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