By Erica Verrillo, who is President of the American ME and CFS Society (AMMES) in #MEAction.
Years ago, Dr. Bell made the observation that many people currently living in cars most likely had chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). (The acronym myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) was not used at that time.) Under any circumstances, the threat of homelessness causes despair, but among people with ME/CFS the prospect of losing a home is terrifying. Seriously ill people cannot survive on the street. With all the restrictions the disease imposes on them – insomnia, food and environmental sensitivities, compounded by pain, profound loss of energy, cognitive impairments, and a dozen other symptoms – people with ME/CFS can’t even survive in a shelter.
So what happens to severely ill people when they lose their income? What happens when they are on their own with no support from family or friends? What happens when homelessness is right around the corner? Where do they go for help?
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