Welcome Alison! This is a wonderful forum and people here are compassionate and caring. I was on another forum for awhile and they scared the living bejesus out of me. Anyway, I know all to well about the Canadian health care system. I have two friends that live there...one had a 'cyst' on her ovary that got so big I could see it through her stomach. By the time she got into a doc they told her she might have ovarian cancer. Another friend had endometriosis and couldn't get into surgery for 8 months. By then it had spread to her intestines and at 32, she had to have part of her bowel removed and a total hysterectomy.
I hope Obama doesn't go to socialized medicine either. We have several friends that are doctors and have anticipated this move and are all giving up their practice and going into research instead.
I also understand the denial. I actually had several years with hardly any pain, then it came back with a vengence and hasn't left me since.
It can also be difficult to find a rhuemy here in the states that understand that this disorder is real. I'm sure you have read through some of the posts and seen many who have been treated like hyopchondriacs and given nothing for the pain and fatigue. I am very fortunate and have one that treats it like he would any other 'real' disease.
One good thing about Canada...we get our drugs there because they are half the price and we don't have health insurance! I know this country is trying to make this illegal...but I only live an hour from the border so just try to stop me!
Feel better, and welcome!