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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Canada
P. O. Box 84522
2336 Bloor Street West
Ontario, M6S 4Z7
The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Canada (MEAO) is a national, non-profit association dedicated to assisting individuals affected by myalgic encephalomyelitis, their families, and professionals. Myalgic encephalomyelitis, which is known as chronic fatigue syndrome in the United States, is characterized by persistent, disabling fatigue accompanied by some combination of impaired concentration or memory, muscle pain, low fever, sore throat, and headaches, with such symptoms not being attributable to any other known underlying cause. Symptoms may vary from case to case, and the cause of the condition is unknown. To help fulfill its mission and objectives, the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Canada (MEAO) is committed to serving as a clearinghouse of information, encouraging research, promoting public awareness, and providing support services. The Association, which was founded in 1987, currently consists of approximately 180 chapters and support groups across Canada as well as about 3,500 members in all Canadian provinces and territories. MEAO support groups provide affected individuals and family members with a forum for discussion, information exchange, and mutual support. Some MEAO support groups have as few as a dozen members and meet occasionally, whereas others have as many as 500 members, conduct regular meetings with guest speakers and video presentations, and produce regular newsletters. The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Canada (MEAO) provides a variety of programs and services, including offering referrals to area support groups, providing counseling to affected individuals and family members, offering legal assistance on such matters as disability pension and tax claims, and publishing educational literature. The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Canada (MEAO) also produces a monthly newsletter entitled "The MEssenger" and maintains a web site on the Internet.
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