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Phoenix Rising Special Edition: Pat Fero interview

Saturday 21 April 2007

CFS Phoenix Phoenix Rising is an informative newsletter put out monthly by American CFS sufferer Cort Johnson on his website CFS Phoenix.

You can subscribe to the newsletter as well as download each issue.

A Special Edition featuring an interview with Pat Fero of the Wisconsin CFS Association has been published and is now available for download:


Phoenix Rising Special Edition: Making a Difference in CFS – An interview with Pat Fero of the WCFSA (PDF, 84KB)

Here is Cort Johnson’s introduction to the issue:

Making a Difference in CFS – An interview with Pat Fero of the WCFSA

Welcome to a special edition of Phoenix Rising. The edition begins a series of interviews with the difference makers in CFS/FM/ME support and advocacy. Dr Bell has spoken of his fear that the vital cogs of CFS/FM/ME advocacy and support – the local and state support groups that so many have relied up  for understanding, advice and advocacy, are fading. In this series Phoenix Rising goes around the world to uncover how these groups are doing, what activities they are engaged in, what challenges and opportunities they face, and what their leaders believe are the vital issues facing them and the CFS/FM/ME community.

I start off this series with an  extensive interview with Pat Fero, the leader of perhaps the oldest extant CFS Support/Advocacy group, the Wisconsin CFS Association. Pat,  who was awarded the  PANDORA Female Advocate of the Year Award at the 8th IACFS conference, has advocated for CFS on both the state and  national levels In this interview she tells us how the  WCFSA was founded, how it has grown, how its focus has changed over time, its successes and failures, how the tragic death of her son effected her advocacy efforts, her thoughts about CFS advocacy and much more.

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