Thursday, September 09, 2010

Invisible Illness

September 13-19 marks National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness week. This year's theme is "Each One Can Reach One." You can participate wherever you are by leaving a sticky note with an encouraging message. Just add at the bottom of your note so that the finder can go to the website and get ever more encouragement. Notes have been found everywhere from public restrooms to the bulletin board at work. The goal is to "remind people that although they may feel like they are alone in their pain, there are people who do care and understand the unspoken language of invisible illness."

The highlight of the week is a 5 day virtual conference and it's free! There are 4 panelists every day and there will be a chance to call in with your questions.

Spend some time perusing the site for helpful articles for those living with chronic illnesses, like what to do if a friend thinks you're faking your illness or dealing with aggravations your illness creates. This is a great resource for anyone with a chronic illness. It is also great for those without chronic illness to see life from someone else's point of view and to be more understanding and compassionate.

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