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www.ProHealth.com • September 20, 2016


Meet the ProHealth Editors
ProHealth.com's news and information is curated by leading patient experts who have dealt with Fibromyalgia, M.E. & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lyme Disease personally.

This gives them first-hand knowledge of the type of information and resources that are most helpful to patients, in addition to a level of compassion and understanding that you won't find anywhere else.

As part of ProHealth's commitment to providing patients with cutting-edge news and research, we publish the ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness HealthWatch e-newsletters, which highlight each month's top news and information. You can subscribe here.

Continue reading to discover more about our exceptional editors, and the empowering news and research they provide you with.


Editor-in-Chief: Karen Lee Richards

In 1997, Karen Lee Richards, a fibromyalgia patient herself, co-founded the nonprofit organization now known as the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) and served as its vice-president for eight years. She was also the executive editor of NFA's Fibromyalgia AWARE, the very first full-color, glossy magazine devoted to FM and other invisible illnesses. After leaving the NFA, Karen served as the Guide to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for About.com, a New York Times company, and then as the Chronic Pain Health Guide for The HealthCentral Network.

Karen wrote for ProHealth for four years before assuming the position of Fibromyalgia Editor in 2012. She is currently serving as ProHealth's Editor-in-Chief.



Fibromyalgia Editor: Cindy Leyland

Cindy has a lifetime's experience with fibromyalgia - Cindy and most of the women in her family live with the illness. She profiles her mother’s experience in her NIH Biosketch:

"You look really good today." We heard this so many times from the many different doctors my mom saw to try to find out why it was so difficult to hold her head up, why her back and neck and arms - really everywhere - hurt so badly she could hardly stand it. We even heard it when she was using methadone, hydromorphone, Lidoderm, and Gabapentin to control the pain - without success. Finally, in August of 2006, she declared she was done. The pain was still there and she was tired of fighting. She was dead in December. And... she still looked good.

I simply do not believe there is nothing that can be done to help people like my mom. Her diagnosis of fibromyalgia at least gave her a word she could use to describe what was wrong with her, but neither the diagnosis nor the medications she took allowed her to live a full life, a life of quality. There has to be a better way.


Cindy also serves as the Director of Program Operations at the Center for Practical Bioethics and the PAINS Project Director. Previously, she managed a project promoting pediatric palliative care in Kansas City and worked with an agency dedicated to the elimination of poverty in four northwest Missouri counties where she oversaw direct emergency service delivery and community organizing projects.

Cindy graduated from Benedictine College's Executive MBA program, with emphasis on leadership, entrepreneurship and transformational strategic planning. She served on the board of Synergy Services and regularly volunteers with Synergy's domestic violence shelter, Safe Haven. She lives in Kansas City with her husband, enjoys hiking, reading, and being Gramma Cindy.



M.E. & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Natural Wellness Editor: Erica Verrillo

Erica Verrillo is the author, with Lauren Gellman, of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide (St. Martin's) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition (electronic). She is also the author of three children's fantasies, the Phoenix Rising trilogy (Random House), which she wrote for her daughter, who contracted ME/CFS as a child.

Erica holds degrees in History and Linguistics, and was finishing her PhD in Speech Communication when she fell ill in 1992. Her blog, Onward Through the Fog, contains the latest news and information about ME/CFS. She has worked for ProHealth since 2013.



Lyme Disease Editor: Connie Strasheim

Connie Strasheim is the author of eight wellness books, as well as a medical writer and healing prayer minister. She loves helping people with complex chronic illnesses to find freedom from disease and soul-spirit sickness using whole body medicine and prayer.

Her books focus on how to heal from conditions such as Lyme disease, environmental illness and cancer, and she collaborates with some of the world's best integrative doctors to do this. She also shares God's love and healing power through individual and group ministry, believing that wholeness - not just health - is God's desire for all of us. You can learn more about Connie's work at: ConnieStrasheim.org/


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