"Fifteen minutes into an afternoon rally in front of the Federal Building, Susan Kreutzer looked ready to drop. She sat down on a low wall for a while, letting her husband and half a dozen other protesters carry on while she recovered what precious little energy she could.
It wasn't the largest or loudest rally, but the fact that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, accompanied by their friends, family and other supporters, showed up at all Wednesday was a pretty big deal.
They were protesting what they say is dismal federal funding for research into their illness, which affects roughly 1 million Americans. Chronic fatigue syndrome - only very recently taken seriously by a growing segment of the health-care community - can be devastating to sufferers, leaving them bedridden for days or weeks at a time, unable to hold jobs or have normal social lives."