Let Your Favorite Health Editor Know About #IIWK12
Do you know a health editor?
Between all of us with a variety of chronic illnesses and symptoms, there are hundreds of thousands of newsletters and ezines out there on the internet. Since many of us live with different illnesses than our friends, we actually all have a relationship of some kind with at least one health editor (maybe even more!).
I am letting the health editors of the newsletters I receive know about Invisible Illness Awareness Week. Now, I am not suggesting you start spamming people and email off 200 emails to health editors, but rather, if there is a health editor I have built some kind of friendship with online, via the newsletter itself or on a social network, I am hitting “reply” or “contact” and sent them an email sort of like this below. Be sure to personalize yours and keep it short when writing to your favorite health editor.
Keep in mind that the easier you can make it for them to tell others the more likely they will! So be sure to include the paragraph that has the description they can copy and paste.
Dear (name, Health Editor):
I recently received your newsletter and enjoyed it as always, especially the part about (what I liked here).
I wanted to call your attention to the date of September 10-16,2012, which is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week.
September 10-16, 2012 is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. This annual event, started in 2002 by Lisa Copen, features a variety of ways to get involved including a virtual conference September 10-14 online for free with speakers each day. The theme this year is “invisible Illness? Share your visible hope!” and we are uploading photos of things that give us hope in our daily life–despite the pain and side effects.
There is a Meme “30 Things You May Not Know About My Invisible Illness”, you can sign up to blog for the cause, read guest bloggers’ posts, and get involved in the campaign on Facebook. There is even a free 80-page ebook when you sign up for email updates, with 263 tips.
With nearly 1 in 2 people living with a chronic condition, about 96% of those people are suffering silently with invisible illnesses. You can find more information at http://InvisibleIllnessWeek.com
Thank you so much for passing this along!
Thanks for your help, friends!
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