BUY AND SELL FOR THE CURE by Lisa Johnson Call me a lunatic, but I'm reaching for the moon. If man can walk on the lunar surface, we can raise a million dollars for ME/CFS research- it will bring us closer to solving ME/CFS. Nine years ago, I fell ill with ME/CFS. I had been like a space ship rocketing through life, when abruptly, I was devastated with this illness. It was like being was struck down by a meteorite- overnight, I went from being an accomplished triathlete to a floppy rag doll. I no longer felt like a streaming rocket; instead I was a stranger to myself, too exhausted to cook, too tired to even sort the mail. I felt pathetic, useless, a burden to my husband as I could no longer work. Shopping in stores was impossible, so I turned to eBay to purchase necessities. Medical bills mounted, and it occurred to me that I could sell on eBay to help cover some bills. Selling possessions that I no longer needed gave me a sense of accomplishment. It was something I was able do a little at a time. It was frustrating to discover how under-funded ME/CFS research is, but the sadly, most of us with this illness need to conserve our energy for basic tasks of daily living. Organizing a walkathon, run-athon, or bicycle race for the cure is out of reach. However, we can organize sell-athons via the eBay Giving Works program. With just the click of a button, sellers can donate the proceeds of their sales to the CFIDS Association of America. Action is an antidote to hopelessness and despair. Buying and selling for the cure is easy. With the tap of a finger, you can buy some fantastic items from my eBay charitable site, including items from the distinguished artist Anna Zapp, who has ME/CFS: CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE: www.ebay.com/usr/solvecfids Now is an ideal time for spring cleaning. Instead of donating your valuables to organizations like Goodwill, sell them on eBay and donate the proceeds to the CFIDS Association. Or, if you wish to support another organizations, sell and donate proceeds to Dr. Lipkin or other research groups via Paypal. If we all pitch in, we can accelerate the pace of discovery.