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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia Leading Research. Delivering Hope.Open Medicine Foundation® Canada

Newsletter February 2021

An Update from Chris Armstrong,
Director, Melbourne ME/CFS Collaboration

The Melbourne ME/CFS Collaboration is the fifth and newest OMF funded collaborative research center. After making the journey to Australia to set up the Collaborative Research Center (CRC), Director Chris Armstrong began the groundbreaking study that he hopes will improve the lives of ME/CFS patients of Australia — and beyond:

Moving countries is stressful at the best of times, and these are not the best of times. It took three months traveling on an emotional rollercoaster of flight cancellations and availability to get from California to Australia. This would have been demoralizing in any other situation, but this year I could not help but feel lucky and thankful as we all were experiencing the same hardships and many others have it a lot worse. With quarantine and moving behind me, I am pleased to share that my new team and I at the Open Medicine Foundation Collaborative Research Center in Australia are launching a Longitudinal Study of people with ME/CFS. While we know people with ME/CFS often suffer the same or similar symptoms, we do not know if the same or similar underlying biological problems trigger the symptoms. By looking at the biological differences in individuals with ME/CFS at mild and severe moments of their disease, we can start to piece together what may be causing their illness and what circumstances improve or exacerbate their symptoms. Longitudinal Study Overview Participants with ME/CFS will be asked to:
  • wear heart rate monitors
  • fill in surveys
  • provide finger-prick blood drops
  • collect urine samples from themselves while at home.
We will look for patterns between wearable data, reported symptoms, and biological changes in blood and urine at different levels of disease severity to determine the cause or exacerbating aspects of each individual’s disease. By monitoring people with ME/CFS in this way, we can identify and accumulate the many biochemical changes that may reflect recovery or symptom improvements, and ultimately, diagnostic biomarkers could result. We are aiming for preliminary data by the end of this year. The Longitudinal Study will be one of several projects we are beginning in the next few months at the Melbourne ME/CFS Collaboration established by Open Medicine Foundation in collaboration with Emerge Australia. Both these nonprofit organizations have been incredibly supportive of the ME/CFS community and my research.  I feel fortunate and thankful and look forward to providing further updates to the ME/CFS community.

Commemorating National Caregiver Day

A caregiver shares her touching story

This past February 19 marked National Caregivers Day. Open Medicine Foundation Canada would like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank all of the selfless caregivers who help to support their loved ones with ME/CFS and related complex, chronic illnesses.

To acknowledge the resilience and strength of caregivers in our community, we are honored to share the story of a mother and caregiver to a son who is severely ill with ME/CFS:

“My name is Rebecca Groble and I am the mother of Gabriel Hull, who is severely ill with ME/CFS.

In the summer of 2018, he was on a fellowship in China and became very sick. Initially, the doctors thought he might have leukemia or another blood disease, but soon realized he had a severe case of mononucleosis. It was a scary time for us. We were back home, and he was across the globe. I was getting ready to go to China when he started stabilizing, and he told me not to come. He improved and was able to continue the fellowship. However, instead of traveling around China after the fellowship ended as he had planned, he came straight home to Illinois.

"Despite the pain and heartbreak, I still have found beauty in my relationship with Gabriel."

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You can help OMF this winter by donating any unwanted vehicles taking up space at your home. Cars, trucks, SUVs, boats, and even farm equipment can help us accelerate our work to end ME/CFS. Donating is easy, and the pick-up is free. To get started, visit careasy.org. 

*Please note, this option is currently only available in the United States.

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