I am not a severe. (Not entirely bed bound or stuck in my room), but I am in bed a lot of time during the day. I have to pace and watch my energy output. I am home most of the time. The grocery store and Drs. appts are my main outings these days. Yet, I am grateful that I am not trapped forever in my bed in one room as so many others are. I am posting this as today is Aug. 8th Severe ME/CFS awareness day. I also post in memory of my dear friend Mark who was badly afflicted with this disease and took his own life 2 years ago, and for all the others out there who have done the same. I feel hope is on the horizon, but it will not be soon enough for many.