On Saturday, April 13, 2019, materials about the upcoming Healing Vets Weekend were handed out at the Beaufort County Health Fair alongside info about myalgic encephalomyelitis, fibromyalgia, CFS, Gulf War Illness and other similar diseases.
Colleen Steckel founder of the local myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and fibromyalgia (FM) support group hosted the table along with Jennifer Wood, a member of the support group, to share materials from their group. David Steckel, our project engineer, helped man the table at the fair.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is not a well recognized disabling neurological and immunological disease that often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. The illness typically has an acute onset of a viral or bacterial infection or toxin/chemical exposure. ME is often incorrectly diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, POTS, and similar diseases. ME’s defining feature is that activity exacerbates the symptoms and patients deteriorate due to activity outside their limited safe envelope, further damaging the immune system, energy production and oxygen exchange system. Information about ME can be found at www.MEadvocacy.org.
As well as educating about the ME & FM support group, materials regarding the upcoming Healing Vets Weekend and Rose Haven Center for Healing were handed out to the good sized group that attended. Working together with other healing and support organizations is community in action.
Community support and wellness go hand in hand.