When you suffer from a disorder that may be hard to diagnose and difficult to treat, getting information and support may take more than a visit to a doctor’s office. As Lynne Matallana, founder of the National Fibromyalgia Awareness Campaign put it, “it’s a grassroots effort.”
A friend turning 50 wants some advice. Feel free to add any of your own.
A usually joshing M. writes to all her friends:
Okay, ladies, I’m 50 today. So I am seeking:
– words of wisdom from those who have been there/done this
– words of envy from those who haven’t
Ever since the Web spawned the vision of a vast digital mall, entrepreneurs and engineers have been scrambling to invent correspondingly new forms of digital currency and cash-like payment systems. But the credit card-hitched as it is to Byzantine bank and credit authorization networks-today accounts for more than 90 percent of online purchases, and most of these innovations have bombed. Back in 1995, First Virtual Holdings began offering a clunky form of digital money through credit cards, allowing consumers to use approved account codes to buy online goods. Five years later, it claims just 150,000 accounts.