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ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Patients, INVISIBLE No More

  • First person accounts of the journey of living with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFIDS and Fibromyalgia
  • An excellent educational tool for patient family members and friends
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"The film is powerful, very powerful."

Imagine what it's like to be so sick you cannot function.

Imagine there is no known pathology for your illness, only symptoms.

Imagine you are too weak to find your own voice...and because you are silent and confused, your physician says "it's all in your head".


Because your illness is invisible, you disappear.

INVISIBLE gives voice to a select group of Vermonters who are gravely ill, and until now, have been out of sight. You will hear first person accounts from your Vermont neighbors as they talk about living with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFIDS and Fibromyalgia diseases with a thousand names and no known cause or cure.

You will hear the devastating impact this illness wields, not only for those who suffer the symptoms, but for those who are left trying to understand what their loved ones are experiencing. This is a film for millions of people around the globe from your Vermont neighbors around the corner...tenacious Vermont neighbors who struggle against unimaginable odds to make their voices heard.

They are just like us...except they got sick...

...and they are tired of being INVISIBLE.

A film by Rik Carlson & Michael Thurston

From Rik Carlson

"Because CFIDS is dismissed, relegated to hysterical women, passed off as depression, and not taught in medical schools, in most, if not all cases, patients worsen dramatically.

This film is for parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, employers, and physicians. While this disease alone is immensely debilitating, the disregard and misdiagnoses by people of authority causes even more catastrophic results. When the true disease is denied, families are destroyed. When it’s accepted, recovery programs can be developed and healing can begin.

Let the healing begin."

From Michael Thurston

"I am lucky enough to be well.

I have watched my friend, Rik Carlson, struggle for years to return to his normal life. I knew him when he was well. The difference in the Rik I knew then versus the Rik I know now is so dramatic, had I not known the before and after, it would be hard to believe.

INVISIBLE is the accidental movie. We aimed cameras at people who had stories to tell, not knowing what they would say. They spoke through the depths of illness, straight from their hearts. Little did any of us know how powerful their collective statement would be. None of them are INVISIBLE now."

A portion of each purchase will be donated to the Vermont CFIDS Association.


"The first of its kind."

INVISIBLE, in an early draft form, made its debut at the 9th International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME Conference in Reno, Nevada during the Patient's Session on March 12, 2009. It was widely reviewed as the first film of its kind to tell the Chronic Fatigue story from the patient’s point of view, and was lauded for its ability to lend credibility to those suffering Chronic Fatigue.

"They treat me differently, now."

A doctor in Vermont placed a draft copy of INVISIBLE in a lending library she maintains in her office. One patient borrowed the film, and upon bringing it back told the doctor: "I made my family sit down and watch INVISIBLE with me. They treat me differently, now."

"INVISIBLE tells the story the way it should be told."

P.A.N.D.O.R.A., headquartered in Florida, screened a draft version of INVISIBLE in Fort Lauderdale on International CFIDS awareness day, May 12, 2009. Again, the response was enthusiastic and uniform: INVISIBLE tells it the way it should be told.

What People Are Saying:

"You have succeeded in giving faces and voices to the invisible."

Congratulations on another great contribution to the lives of people with CFS. It is a significant addition to the growing media/literature collection on the lives of people with this syndrome. You have succeeded in giving faces and voices to the invisible, unheard, and dismissed people with ME/CFS/CFIDS in Vermont, and around the world. Our stories must be heard if we are to make a difference. (Margarette Christie | Melbourne, Australia)

"INVISIBLE is well organized, complete, germane, sensitive, and professional."

My congratulations are way over due! INVISIBLE is well organized, complete, germane, sensitive, and professional!! I hope someday I will actually be well enough to offer good, sensitive medical care to some of our own. (Terry Nauman, MD, CFIDS sufferer)

"The film is powerful, very powerful."

WOW! The film is powerful, very powerful. It is beautifully photographed. The 'cast' does a terrific job...a very difficult topic in a well informed and wonderfully executed manner. (Ruth Friedman)

"The response was a lot of laughter and recognition - and then long applause."

I'm here in Reno at the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with a whole bunch of people watching this great movie called "Invisible."

"Invisible" ... And the reality that patients do not have doctors, and that doctors need testing and treatment blueprints. Patients saying over and over again "nobody has any idea what to do with this disease." One of our group suggested that this needs to be required viewing at every medical school in the country.

When I saw "Invisible" it was clear that my Bob is like Rik's Barbara. It really makes a difference coping with the disease to have support in the family. The response from a room of about 500 people in Reno was a lot of laughter and recognition - and then long applause. (Mary Schweitzer)

"We had everything to lose and nothing to gain by taking to our beds."

Perhaps a couple members of a local support group could offer to bring the DVD and answer questions, to show with these stories that we are not lazy people looking for an excuse to lounge on the couch, but "I was a marathoner", "I was a rising political star"; we had everything to lose and nothing to gain by taking to our beds, and let them see that by the end of the session, this woman who looked normal at the start is now ready to curl up and nap on the floor before she can make it back to her car. (Karen M. Campbell, Founder

"I want to compliment you on all the work you do for all of us who are so isolated."

Rik, you always just amaze me. You have done so much for the CFIDS etc. community, not just in Vermont but everywhere. Your book and your Pandora winning film, all the work you have done toward informing MDs and on and on. I want to compliment you on all the work you do for all of us who are so isolated. And I also wanted to put myself on the list to be alerted when Invisible is released. I am very anxious to see it and probably donate a copy to my local library and the library I once worked for as well. Again, thank you Rik. (Taffy Todd, passed away on April 28, 2009)

"Superbly made. Great advocacy."

Superbly made. Great advocacy. Not shrill. Quite an accomplishment. (Phil Carlson)

A portion of each purchase will be donated to the Vermont CFIDS Association.


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