Erin B. Fromkes
"When Fromkes is too unwell to lift a paintbrush, she switches up her medium to accommodate her state of being. Digital art - making beneath the covers "Bedits" and small scale projects help keep the artist's sparkle alive."
"I paint in drips of time — five minutes, sometimes twenty — an hour feels like a gift… I hope to spotlight CFS/ME [myalgic encephalomyelitis], Lyme disease, (MSIDS) [Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome], and other invisible illnesses and grow awareness, bringing forth a universal understanding and compassion for those affected."
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chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.
myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.