By: Valeri DeCastris

Working with Kristen and Steve Thorsen and others including former Congressman John Porter of Illinois, I helped increase research spending on fibromyalgia syndrome by the National Institutes of Health by $2.1 million in the 1990s. I also took the State of Illinois to court and as a result of my personal and costly lawsuit, fibromyalgia is a recognized disability for State of Illinois employees now.