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August 2007
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Vicki Contie, Margaret Georgiann (illustrations), and Harrison Wein

Dealing With Trauma
Frightening Events Can Have
Lasting Effects

Imagine seeing a fellow soldier killed by a roadside bomb. Or searching through the rubble of the World Trade Center for survivors. Or being sexually assaulted. You’re probably even trying to push those images out of your head as you read this.

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Figuring Out Fibromyalgia
Perplexing Pain and Fatigue
An unknown cause. A difficult diagnosis. No known cure. No wonder people with fibromyalgia syndrome, or FMS, can feel perplexed, under attack and isolated. FMS brings fatigue that drags you down and persistent pain that may render you nearly helpless. Researchers have been working to understand what fibromyalgia is and are making progress in developing treatments for the debilitating syndrome.

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