Illness Advocate Touches My Heart
Lisa shares about a new illness advocate that you should know about
Awhile back I was browsing some of the videos on YouTube for those who live with chronic illness and this young woman, Kelly Fricke stood out. I started watching a video and got hooked. She spoke from the heart, was very warm–and real. Some videos she has on her perfect make... [Read more of this review]
I am Too Young for This Waiting Room
Most of us expect to face illness in our lifetime, but too often it arrives when we are way too young for the pain and the places it takes us.
“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” Bill Cosby
On Thursday,... [Read more of this review]
Creativity and Chronic Illness, Why I Create
The question we ask this year at Invisible Illness Awareness Week is ‘what do you choose?’
Patti shares why she chooses to create.
I don’t always consider my autoimmune arthritis a benefit, particularly when one day–or five days–have been cancelled due to lack of ability. But there are gifts that come with the... [Read more of this review]
Having a VISIBLE Invisible Illness (You read that right)
Would you rather have a visible-or invisible–illness? Megan explains why this simple question can be difficult to answer.
By Megan Fulsom
Oftentimes, when people find out that I’m chronically ill I get asked the question “Would I rather have a visible or invisible disability?”
It’s such a hard question because there are “advantages”... [Read more of this review]
Do You Really Want to Know How I am Feeling?
When people ask how you are feeling do you respond
truthfully or with the simple answer they want to hear?
“How are you feeling?”
“Good. Well . . . I’m feeling better.”
“Well, you look great!”
And I chuckle. Because I truly do wish that my rosy cheeks, cute hair, and fashionable clothes were a true measure... [Read more of this review]
Invisible Illness: How Do You DO IT?
The questions, the need for explanations, Alyshia shares her journey through her new journey of lupus. How do you do it?
By Alyshia Merchant
I thought my life was just perfect.
And it was in my eyes . . .
But my life was turned completely upside down seven months ago when I was diagnosed with SLE Lupus Nephritis.
It’s hard to explain how... [Read more of this review]
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2 Women With Invisible Illness Week Online Events
We have some people who have helped spread the word on our Invisible Illness Awareness Week event with their own spin on it.
Make a video about your choices
Jenni over at ChronicBabe has created a video of “I choose to… ” that you can watch and if you make your own video you may just win a prize from her! Yep, she is giving away... [Read more]
When a Friend is Ill, The Right Words Are a Blessing
A friend who is ill might need different words than you expect.
When your friend is coping with a chronic illness, it’s easy to try to reach out and make him or her feel better with quick encouragement such as “just fight it, don’t give in, you’re stronger than this disease, don’t let the illness win.”
For those... [Read more]
Why Do We Need People To Understand Our Invisible Illness SO MUCH?
Why do we say we have an invisible illness?
Is is because we feel invisible to people?
As I have been planning and promoting Invisible Illness Awareness Week I have been able to see a magnified version of what kinds of posts and tweets people respond to. Even here at the II Week website you will find 20 Things to Say to an Ill Friend or 20 Things... [Read more]
Our 30 Things Meme About Your Invisible Illness
Have you filled out the Invisible Illness Week Meme? It’s called “30 Things You May Not Know About My Invisible Illness” and it can be both enlightening for others and even therapeutic for you! I just filled it out and every year my answers change just a bit. Find it–and read others– here: http://ow.ly/om0nS (and tell... [Read more]
List of Articles From Invisible Illness Awareness Week
Here you will find a list of all of the articles from Invisible Illness Awareness Week with some of our most popular listed at the top. Whatever emotion or situation you are experiencing, the good news is that someone else has dealt with it too.
If you are seeing THIS page, our site had a hiccup. You can FIND THE LIST HERE.
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Ill Friends Can Teach One a Lot About Endurance
Asking where one find strength will encourage them–and you.
When one lives with chronic illness it can be a struggle to find worth. Those of us who live with illness find it hard to not base our value on what we are able to accomplish that day. When we live in a society that sees busyness as a sign of success it is hard to not feel like a... [Read more]
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