Questions and Answers (Q&A), Our Way
Insightful, Conversational, Encouraging,
Long-winded, and from Experience
How do I Use this Website?
CFSupport <-> CFS Support <-> CFS and FMS Support
Q. I don't have much energy or concentration.
I am easily frustrated. I can't remember where I find stuff on the web.
Can you help me navigate this website better, faster, at all?
A. Yes! Since we know first hand about the cognitive problems, limited energy and limited upright at a computer time...
we've been adding easier ways to find things on a certain page
- more Tables of Contents for the individual web page you are looking at
- more links for you to jump directly where you want to go next
- a search this site page
- making our pages more likely to pop up in Google and Yahoo searches
Also, we've been adding more and easier ways to navigate around the site
- a site map that lists our pages, divided by major area
- expanding the drop down menu on the home page to include more items,
sorted alphabetically, and now with some cross referencing
- a new site index, housed on this page
- a Table of all the Newsletter Tables of Contents
Every page has at least "Home" "Email Us" "Subscribe" "Search" "Sitemap" at the top and bottom. Don't know how to get to where you want to go? From any page:
Search will always be somewhat incomplete because search engines either don't have all of our pages or the latest changes of our pages. Therefore, browsing is very important. Choosing "Email Us" to ask us is another option.
Below, we've added an alphabetical index list similar to the one in the Home page's drop down menu. This one has more cross referencing and explanation.
Have you not noticed the drop down menu at the Home page? You are not alone! Also, when you use it, be sure to click the button next to the drop down menu to go to the selected section. Several people, including us. forget that, too. Repeatedly!
More step saving tips:
Use bookmark of the pages you check or need to refer to most frequently.
Use your browser's status bar - look at web addresses under links before you click.
(In Safari - the switch for status bar is under the View menu.)
Overview of Sections
Most websites have sections of their own content such as newsletters, articles, events. Our content sections, we're we write about stuff or list it with some detail, are
Q&A, Our Way
Events - Upcoming DC Area and Past Events
EGG - Elly's Gratitude Group Descriptions, Resources, Summaries
Books & Videos, Amazon Store
Meetings: Guidelines, Directions
Speakers - Upcoming
Speakers - Prior: Contact Info, Links to articles by and about
What is CFS? What is FM?
Also, many websites have a "Links" page. We probably have more links to other sites than original content! We direct you to leave our website often to go see great information already elsewhere on the web, trusting you'll come back sometime. If we do have content for a subject that matches one of our links categories, we link to it so you can see what we offer in combination to other authors commenting on the same subject.
We've organized our many links into a few major topics, each with multiple sections:
What changes the most? What do I check when I visit?
The sections that get upgraded the most are "In the Media" as news is happening quite frequently now with the awareness campaigns, new research findings and enrollments, and more human interest stories; "Events" as speakers are scheduled; and "Books & Videos" as new items appear almost monthly.
The "Practitioners List" gets lots of little changes on the fly as we get tips about people to add and remove. We suggest to look at a certain specialty when you begin to have interest in it, copy and paste just the section you are most interested in to a document or email for printing, make notes on the print out as you learn about insurance options and ask around about the practitioners, and then check back as your decision time approaches to see if we made changes.
In 1st Qtr 2007, its the "Q&A, Our Way" section undergoing the most expansion. We are reviving and editing some of the wisdom from earlier emails and meeting summaries and putting it into new content pages. Check the Q&A Index every couple of weeks to see if a new page is there. Here is where we will try to pile our collected suggestions for explaining what's wrong and what helps.
"Group Newsletters" get written sporadically. The items in them are usually repeats from our CFSupport E-mails. These have been averaging every other month. PDFs of a Print Newsletter for meetings have been showing up twice a year.
Group E-mails sometimes alert people to major web changes. Consider signing up for our CFSupport leader announcements only at Groups.IO. There is a "Subscribe" link on every page with "Home" "Email Us" "Search" and "Sitemap."
If you have a specific question about the website, please Email Us.
Notes about Links, Printing, Design, Organization...
We help you Search Elsewhere!
In order to keep our site up to date, we developed ways to more efficiently search the web for finding news items for specific conditions, finding support groups, looking up events. We've built those search phrases into links and put them in the sections relevent to and/or we give the sources to check for updates. These are powerful tools when feeling brave enough to click because...
You can get up to date info even if we don't update a section for awhile.
You can more easily find something we wouldn't necessarily include.
You can personalize the search if the results are too narrow or too broad for you by adding a location or changing the search terms. Look up at the url, the web address, or look at what is in search engine entry box. See if you can adjust it more for your needs.
Example, to check today's news, I open the home page. Then I click on "In the Media" on the left. Them I click what is currently the 5th choice, "Search the web for News: As it happens, By the Week/Month, Archived." That takes me to a bunch of search options, but I most often pick the first one. I've copied it here if you'd like to try it:
Another power search we provide is for finding research articles. These are found under Resources> Research Publications:
We like giving you tools and links to other sites to discover what you are seeking. We trust you'll come back if you need or want to, soon or months from now, maybe in a few years. To find your way back, use a bookmark or two or search the web for "nova cfs (or FMS) support group." Perhaps instead, our site is just a one time stepping stone along your path. Either way, thanks for stopping by. We wish you your best.<
Jumping Back and Forth from here to our IO CFSupport Site
This website, cfsnova.com, has CFSupport written all over it Our Yahoo group is called CFSupport, too. It can be a little confusing. We're used to confusion, so we can get through this.
Every page has at least 2 links to jump to our Email group. The link is called "Subscribe" to direct new members wishing to join. It is also a convenient link for established members. Click "Subscribe" to go to the IO Groups CFSupport Home Page and sign in to search and read archived emails.
To get back to this CFSupport site at cfsnova.com, use the link on the Home page at Groups.io CFSupport. Look in the Links section and choose the first link after the folders, or use a bookmark you may have previously set up.
General Accessibility Tips
Enlarging/Shrinking Text, Speech to Text, Accessibility
Some people need bigger or smaller lettering than we publish with. We endeavor to use balanced spacing, minimal colors, and make things as simple and readable as possible. Learning some adjustments for you specific needs may make for a more enjoyable web visit.
Apple Mac OS X
On Macs, which our leadership swears by for ease of use and intuitiveness, the way to make text look bigger is to hold the Command/Apple Key down and press the "+/=" key. Repeating that makes the text bigger still. Pressing Command "-/_" (minus/hyphen) makes the text smaller. It still works regardless of the Shift key being held down or CAPS lock on. For text to speech options, so you can close your eyes and let your computer read to you and more options, visit
Apple Macintosh Accessibility Options - Literary Access Online
If you want to change the size of the text while surfing the web & you are using Netscape Navigator, all you need to do is press CTRL + ]. Maybe this or a similar thing works in other programs. For other accessibility features, see
Microsoft Windows Accessibility Options - Literary Access Online
10 Tips for the Awkward Age of Computing:
Use Windows to personalize and customize computers to make them
easier to see, hear, and more comfortably use.
Windows 7: How to zoom in on a webpage
Alphabetical Index List of Almost Everything on Site CFSupport:
About CFSupport and The NoVA CFS & FMS Support Group
Advocacy/Awareness Items for Sale
Amazon Store for CFSupport
Art Gallery by CFSupport Members & Friends
Art, Poetry, & Film
Associations & Groups
Books & Videos: Many Ways to Browse
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Integrative Medicine Treatment
Carers & Caregivers - (friends & family)
Case Definitions - CFS
Case Definitions - FM
CFS, FM Themed Items for Sale
CFSupport at Groups.io - our Email list
Chats, Forums & Penpals
Children, Parents, School
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - What is it?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Official Case Definitions
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Prevalence
Clumsiness - Aprons and Bibs for
Clumsiness - What's on the Web
Conferences and Tapes from Conferences
Coping, Living with
DC Area Support Groups for CFS, FM, OI
DC Area Support Groups - Other chronic illnesses
Dysautonomia - Orthostatic Intolerance
Dysautonomia - MVPS/D - Northern VA Support Group
Dysautonomia - MVPS/D - Maryland Bay Area Support
EGG - Elly's Gratitude Group ∞
Email archives - log in required
Email sign up: Groups.io
En Español, other languages
Fibromyalgia Syndrome - What is it?
Fibromyalgia Syndrome - Official Definitions
Fibromyalgia - Prevalence
Film, Poetry, & Art
Financial Resources, References & Links
Forums, Chats & Pen pals
Friend/Family- Resources by and for people who care
Gratitude Group (EGG) ∞
Gratitude Resources at EGG: Books, Music, Articles, Movies, Journals
Groups & Associations
Guestbook of Gratitude - About
Health Care Provider Links
Health Practitioners List - DC Area, Full List of Specialties, and Main Page
Health Practitioners List - Beyond DC
Health Product Companies
Help Around the House
Holidays, Coping with them & Family Gatherings
Humor, Funny Stuff
Inspirational: Recovery Stories
Kids, Parents, School
Lobby Days, CFIDS
Long Term Disability
Maryland Bay Area MVPS/Dysautonomia, OI & CFS/FM Support
MCS - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Medications & Supplement Information
Medical IDs & Wallet Cards
Memory, Cognitive Impairment, Thinking Problems
Misc. More Resources
Money Saving Tips
Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome / Dysautonomia (MVPS/D) - Symptoms
News - In the Media
Newsletters - Ours
Newsletters - Others'
NMH - Neurally Mediated Hypotension - Orthostatic Intolerance
Orthostatic Intolerance Support Group♥
Other Support Groups & Associations
Parents of Young Ones, School
Parents of Adults with it and other Carers
Pen pals, Chats & Forums
Personal Care, Personal Assistants, Organizers, Cleaning Help
Pharmacies - Resources
Pharmacy - Practitioners, Drug Programs
Practitioners List - Doctors, Lawyers, with links to relevant articles
Practitioners - MainPoetry, Art, & Film
Practitioners - Brain, Heart, Systems
Practitioners - Pain, Rehab
Practitioners - Eye Care
Practitioners - More: Dental, Nutrition
Practitioners - Mental Health
Practitioners - Beyond the DC Area
Practitioners - Eastern
Practitioners - Legal
Practitioners - Energy
Practitioners - Pet
Post War, Gulf War Illness
POTS - Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome - Orthostatic Intolerance
Prevalence - CFS
Prevalence - FMS
Q&A, Our Way: Full Index
Q&A: AnesthesiaRead Me - About the Practitioners List
Q&A: Aprons & Bibs; Clumsiness
Q&A: How to use this site<-- The page where you are looking.
Q&A: Support Hose
Q&A: Symptoms, whaddaya mean?
Research - Clinical Trials
Resources, References, & Links by Subject, Main Page
Resources, Refs, Links II
Resources - Connecting
Resources - Coping
Resources - Financial
Resources - Inspiration
Resources - Shopping
Resources - Syndromes
School, Youth, Parents
Search this Site with Google and Yahoo Search Engines
Sign Up for Our Emails
Social Security Disability Income Information
Speakers - Upcoming
Speakers - Prior: Contact Info, Links for many of our dozens of guests.
Speaker - Brian Walitt, MD - RhuematologySpirituality
Speaker - Janine Blackman, MD/PhD - Family Practice
Speaker - Fred Friedberg, PhD - Psychologist
Speaker - Chuck Fuller, Esq - LTD Attorney
Speaker - Jonathan Gilbert, NCCAOM- Chinese Medicine
Speaker - Sam Makoul,CNC - Nutritionist, Counselor
Speaker - Mitch Lambros, Esq - SSDI Attorney
Speaker - Alan Pocinki, MD - Internist
Spouse has it
Strategies, Stories, Stress
Stressing and De-stressing
Studies - Treatments
Supplements - Ordering
Support Groups: About Starting Them, Running Them
Support Groups & Associations
CFS/FM Groups by USA States
CFS/FM Groups beyond USA by Country
CFS/FM Groups that cross borders
CFS/FM Groups - DC Area (includes OI/Dysautonomia groups)
CFS/FM Groups - Mid Atlantic
DC Area Other Illness Groups
Directories of Support Groups
Google for more Support Groups
Large Organization Addresses, Telephone Numbers, etc
Tapes, video, audio of conferences
Trials, Clinical Studies
Vision Services, Practitioners, Articles about Problems with Vision
Vulvodynia, Vulvar Vestibulitis
Webrings & Friends
What are CFS/ME/FMS?
Working while ill
Youth, Parents, School