With no apparent outward appearance of anything wrong, who would have thought that many people, particularly women, are battling debilitating symptoms on a daily basis.
Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) are silent, often overlooked, and for years wrongly perceived as non-existent, hypochondriac-inspired conditions. Nothing could be further from the truth.
These conditions can result in not only excruciating pain but also debilitating fatigue and impact on daily living and functioning, as well as relationships and livelihoods.
The International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) has been observed on May 12 every year since 1992.
May 12 was chosen as it coincided with the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the English army nurse who inspired the founding of the International Red Cross. Nightingale was believed to have suffered from ME/CFS-like illness.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), and Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) are collectively known as Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND).
These illnesses, characterized by cognitive problems, chronic muscle and joint pain, extremely poor stamina, and numerous other symptoms, afflict people around the world in alarming numbers.
The day is designated to spread awareness among people about CIND and help the world to understand the seriousness of these diseases and conditions. It also aims to assist and educate patients, patient support groups and organizations, and healthcare professionals about CIND.
THE THEME FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF WORLD ME DAY IS #LEARNFROMME.