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Created in 2008, Phoenix Rising is the largest and oldest forum dedicated to furthering the understanding of and finding treatments for complex chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), long COVID, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and allied diseases.
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Well done, Jody, as usual. I think the personal stories are helpful to many who are experiencing the same thing but feeling quite alone in it. I also think they're helpful to those who are not chronics but who are willing to try to understand. I'm sure you're reaching a few out there, and every little bit helps!