Hi @vision blue
.....I had forgotten that Raggedy Ann Syndrome was actually the Yuppie Flu, the latter name winning b/c well, it's what the press liked. But yes, CFS/FM & in the UK, ME were all the same illness. It was also called Lyme Disease along with anything that didn't fit a particular mold of the time. I think Yuppie Flu was favored b/c it caught the public eye as something people had control over and was really just another form of laziness. In the end, who knows? I don't and I was there from the beginning.
No, I never resented the funds AIDS received, I did resent that the immune research wasn't passed on to us. Those people suffered and really, it wasn't until I saw PHILADELPHIA that I finally burst into tears because I could so relate to the suffering of those on the screen. That and the music from that movie...especially the song by Bruce Springsteen (as I recall).
No, it's just that now AIDS still receives, or let me rephrase that as saying it now receives, huge amounts of money for research and new drugs. The people with AIDS back then, were prejudiced against, couldn't receive proper medical care....and there was intense fear surrounding the whole disease. Then we came along...for a long time I thought I had AIDS b/c I'd had surgery and a transfusion at that time.
I later read a book written by a physician whose job it was to track how AIDS went from large cities to small town America....what caused the arrival of it in the smaller places. You may be surprised to know that he found it was transferred at truck stops....lots of homosexual activity in these places, hitchiking and one could get AIDS in return for hitching a ride. No moral highground, just good investigation and a sympathetic doctor who treated many of these patients himself.
It was one of the books written by Abraham Verghese, M.D., and I'm thinking it was his first book, but I'm not sure.
But yes, we were also the Raggedy Ann's of those years, had quite forgotten that term. Used b/c the doll is floppy and can't sit on its own. We faced prejudice too, trust me.
Chemicals? I think many of the original people with this illness grew up in the late 1950's and 1960s when chemicals were used in great abundance. DDT was used for many things...liberally, I may add. You could just be sitting along a trail and before you knew it, some crew was spraying DDT to prevent weeds. Also used for lice and so many other problems. So I expect that by the 1980's chemicals were in full force in our country. Just walk past a candle shop to get an idea of what chemicals have done to our world, open a bottle of most shampoos and anything that smells good. Even something with a lavender odor is often chemically concocted. None of it helps even if it wasn't the cause in the first instance. People are becoming more aware, but it has certainly taken a long time. We certainly smell good....we just don't feel that way. Yours, Lenora.