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WHEREAS, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a serious, chronic, complex, multi-system disease that frequently and dramatically limits the lives of those affected by causing a substantial reduction of occupational, educational, social and personal activities; and

WHEREAS, ME/CFS affects many body systems and is characterized primarily by chronic illness and post-exertional crash, which is rapid physical and/or cognitive collapse in response to even minimal exertion from activities of daily living or simple mental tasks; recovery period is prolonged, even taking weeks or months to recover; and

WHEREAS, ME/CFS also causes pain throughout the body, immune dysregulation, cognitive impairment, sleep dysfunction, and autonomic and neuroendocrine complications; and

WHEREAS, ME/CFS affects more than one million people in the United States; and

WHEREAS, ME/CFS causes as many as 60 percent of patients to be bedbound or housebound at least some of the time and 25 percent to be fully disabled; and

WHEREAS, organizations statewide provide programs, support groups, medical research and medical conferences in order to support patients who struggle daily to cope with this disease; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada, its congressional leaders and private individuals, worked together to create the first integrated medical research center dedicated to ME/CFS; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada continues to support the ongoing efforts to bring diagnostic and treatment discovery, education and greater awareness of ME/CFS;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  May 2018 as

 Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske and Scott Anderson