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Online support is a powerful way to connect with others who understand what it feels like when you suffer.

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Do you remember life before the internet when there was no such thing as online support? Some of us certainly do. The only way we could really talk about our illness or find someone who understood what we were going through was to attend a support group. Support groups are beneficial, but some of them are also not much of a support ironically.

You have get dressed, find directions, drive somewhere, and sometimes hike through a large parking structure and building just to connect with a few people that “get it.”

Online support has changed all this. And we hope with the link parties below you will find some encouragement and hope. Thousands of people have blogged about Invisible Illness Week over the years and many are participating this year as well.

Check out some of the web site where people have shared their stories, their aches, their joys, and have created an oasis of online support for those with invisible illnesses or chronic conditions.

To link your own blog post up, find the best place below in one of the three subject areas. Click the link and you will find a place to add your link.

Your story – Here you will find bloggers who are sharing a part of their invisible illness journey with you, what they have learned, what they struggle with, their hopes, dreams and disappointments.

JUST ONE 2-14 campaign-themed blogs – What is the JUST ONE in your life? Is it just one fear you have overcome? Just one goal you are setting this year? Just one more diagnosis you are coming to terms with? Just one person who has made a huge difference in your life? Share your just one!

Your 30 Things Meme – We have a meme that can help you discover and share different parts of living with invisible illness. Thousands of people have participated since 2009 and here are some of them who have linked up to us!

We hope you are able to find some wonderful online support through these “link parties” above. And don’t forget. . . you can join all of them yourself if you write something on your blog. Just scroll down past all the other links and click the “add link” button. It’s easy and you will be sure to connect with others for some awesome online support!

Lisa Copen, Rest Ministries Founder


    • admin says

      you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and add comments there. the “add link” thingy is for submitting your site to the list.

  1. Dawnabelle says

    What a wonderful idea you came up with to have this Invisible Illness Awareness Week! I don’t even know how I got linked up to your site here, but I wish I had known about this way earlier. I would have done something and try to blog about my own *invisible illness*. Just wanted to give my support, and say Thank you for doing this. It means a lot. Maybe next year I can participate. Thank you again.


  2. Sandra Goldstein says

    I had never heard of link parties until I read this article. I love the idea of online support for people with invisible illnesses. I have a friend who was diagnosed with an invisible illness about a year ago and I am pretty much one of two people that know about his condition. He hasn’t shared his illness with any of his friends, but the idea of going online and joining a group of people that can help to support you and understand what you are going through is awesome. I am going to share this article with him and hopefully it will help him have another way to talk about how he is feeling and what he is going through.

  3. says

    Hi Lisa,

    I tried to add a link to the “Your Story” page, but the linky was closed. Is there a way to open it back up for the 2014 link listing?

    Thanks so much for all you do for those of us with invisible illnesses. I appreciate all of your hard work!

    Blessings and joy,

  4. says

    I am trying to add the badge to my blog page. I don’t see the html anywhere or the picture url. Any suggestions? Thanks
    Also I was excited to add my blog to the linkup yesterday. I’ve been a longtime Rest Ministries fan. Thank you for all you do.
    Soft hugs and God bless you.

  5. says

    I’ve linked to my blog on living with a connective tissue disease. I have been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and work with the Oregon Area EDS Awareness Support Group in Portland, OR sharing my experiences and hoping to help others find comfort and strength through education, sharing, and advocacy. I am really happy to have found another amazing resource for invisible illnesses. :)

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