The Workwell Foundation
Providing Disability Evaluations for Individuals with
“The suicide rate is really high with this illness [ME/CFS] , because people don’t have hope, and I am worried that the COVID Long Haulers are in the same situation. So I want to tell people to have HOPE. Don’t give up, have hope there is help, there are things you can do to change your quality of life and improve it. WE CAN HELP”
-Program Manager Staci Stevens
Fighting For Hope and the Future
The Workwell Foundation is no stranger to challenges. Their many years of vital research, objective cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET), and publishing of educational resources on myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a testament to their passion and determination.
ME/CFS is a difficult illness to communicate. The name, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, makes it easy for the public to dismiss and trivialize the disease. However, the illness is debilitating to its victims, and people who suffer from it are disabled. Their strife alienates them from their work, community members, and even family.
Workwell provides medical testing that scientifically proves a disability caused by this illness. They then work with legal professionals to provide documentation that helps the patient receive the assistance they so critically need. The team at Workwell is personally motivated to provide hope to its patients, provide them with options, and give them the tools necessary to understand their illness and start living their lives a little more comfortably.
Workwell, through the generous support of donors, continuously offers objective CPET testing for disability evaluation, conducts research, and educates the public. They offer an abundance of information and resources readily available on their website. They also regularly conduct webinars and educational seminars to bring awareness to ME/CFS.
This month they are hosting their HOPE, Helping Out People with ME/CFS Everywhere, Fundraising Campaign. Their goal is to raise $50,000!
COVID-19 LONG HAULERS
Taking On a Newfound Challenge
The pandemic has brought new interest to Workwell’s cause, empowering them to adjust their mission to meet the demands of a growing medical concern. As medical professionals continue to research the COVID-19 virus, it is clear that some COVID patients suffer long after their initial diagnosis and symptoms. COVID “Long Haulers” as they are called are beginning to wonder if they have ME/CFS. Workwell pioneered the only test to help identify post-exertional malaise (PEM), the hallmark of ME/CFS. Using this test and extensive research along with professional collaborations, Workwell hopes to provide answers and relief to a growing community of COVID Long Haulers.
Learn more about the connection between ME/CFS and COVID Long Haulers here.
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