History of May 12
Complex Immunological & Neurological Diseases (CIND)
International Awareness Day
“If a cause and cure are to be found for ME, FMS, MCSS, GWS, "Chronic Lyme Disease" and other related C.I.N.D. illnesses in the near future, government and medicine must be made fully aware of their scope and impact.
Despite the efforts of a number of dedicated groups and individuals, there are still vast pockets of ignorance and misunderstanding. To this day, many patients run directly into a medical establishment that, in general, knows very little about these serious threats to human health.
It is therefore crucial that all those affected by the illnesses make their voices heard, especially on May 12th of each year.”
Mr. Thomas M. Hennessy Jr.
Founder of RESCIND INC. (Repeal Existing Stereotypes about Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases).
http://www.rescindinc.org/ (his website is down due to lack of funds)
~~~ On May 12, 2012, marked the "20th" Anniversary for International Awareness Day! ~~~
It is important to note that May 12th was chosen to memorialize the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the English army nurse who inspired the founding of the International Red Cross. Nightingale contracted a paralyzing, CIND-like illness in her mid-thirties and became chronically ill. She spent the last 50 years of her life virtually bedridden, and despite being severely debilitated she started the world's first school of nursing.
May 12th has been designated as International Awareness Day for all Complex Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND)
These diseases include ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, the term used in most of the world)
CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the term MISS used in the United States),
Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome,
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome,
Lyme Disease, and Mold/Biotoxin Illness.
They have been combined under the umbrella of CIND based on existing research and commonality of symptoms.
In order for the world to be alerted to these devastating diseases, it is crucial that those concerned about CIND contact the government and media in conjunction with the
MAY 12th event.
For more history see (R.E.S.C.I.N.D., Inc. site down due to lack of funds):
A CALL FOR ACTION: THE RECOGNITION OF MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS AS A SERIOUS AND DEBILITATING DISEASE.
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