Monday, August 23, 2010

Happy Vindication Day!

Some people on the WPI Facebook page are referring to August 23, 2010 as Vindication Day.
I agree -- it's been a long time coming, but those who have been determined to pretend that CFS is just another name for depression (or laziness or malingering or attention-seeking) are about to get their long-overdue comeuppance as the rest of the medical profession learns that we really do have a virus, and a serious one: we're not faking anything. So many of us have said all along "my symptoms started with a virus" and had doctors disregard our own experience to substitute their own prejudices about women, particularly middle-aged women; now it's been proven that we were telling the truth.
Let's get this party started! If you're one of the few patients who can handle a bit of alcohol, pour yourself a glass of champagne. If you're one of the many who have become alcohol intolerant, substitute ginger ale.
A toast, to Annette, Harvey, Dr. Judy and Dr. Vince!
(Now, to make sure they know they've been toasted, visit and make a donation, even if it's just $1. Show them some love!)
I have not been able to keep up with the exponential growth of the number of articles on XMRV today -- at times, averaging one a minute -- much less read and digest the research paper itself. I've even been just posting links to articles without comments because there just wasn't time to do everything. So, I'm sure there will be more posts coming in the next few days as I try to get through the backlog.
But I know you'd rather hear from the experts than me. Whittemore-Peterson Institute has a YouTube video up of Dr. Judy commenting on the Lo/Alter paper that was just released.
[as all my readers gallop off in a cloud of dust to see that] :)
The good news is, for the first time in 25 years, we have hope that CFS will be taken seriously, that the psychobabble and stonewalling will stop and serious research will begin into what's only the second human retrovirus ever discovered (the first being AIDS). Back in the 80s, some people called CFS "AIDS Lite" -- they were actually right on target.
Hey, Dr. Reeves and Wessely, I hate to say "I told you so" (well, not really) but ...


1 comment:

janiejynx said...

So I wonder how Wessely and co feel today about his 1989 words slating books about ME: "...all the ME books draw on immunology, virology, allergy,and AIDS where needed (which, in the case of AIDS, should be never)...A little more psychology and a little less T-cells would be welcome”