We’ve all heard some of those well-intentioned comments by those who think they may be able to tell us the secret to getting well and Wayne and Sherri are no exception. They will discuss what to say to a chronically ill person, what NOT to say (every good friend should know this) and how to help. Even if you are the one with the illness you will enjoy hearing your emotions and even frustrations validated by them as they discuss why it’s even important to know what to say to someone who is hurting.
You will like you are chatting with some good friends, as we share some of the things to say and not say, and talk about some of the aches, as well as ways to not let it get to you when people give advice. This inspirational couple will make you feel like you are just sitting down with them in their living room as they relate to you that they understand.
Wayne is the Founder and President of the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). IDA is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe since 1997.
Wayne has an extensive background in retail sales, business management and telecom engineering. He obtained a BA in Television and Radio Broadcasting and has had further training in speaking. Wayne has spoken at IDA seminars and events, groups such as the Lupus, Arthritis and Scleroderma Foundations, as well as various corporations and hospitals.
Wayne’s inspiration for founding the organization is his wife, Sherri, who led a very active life of singing and dancing in musicals, acting in commercials, modeling in fashion shows, working to put herself through college and riding her horse. Sherri obtained two Bachelor Degrees and a Minor in Musical Theater. However, due to Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Sherri now struggles to take a shower, get a meal or go to a doctor’s appointment.
Wayne’s desire to help others who struggle with debilitating conditions has become a passion for him. Wayne has seen so many friends and families torn apart by chronic conditions. This is why he founded IDA.
Wayne Connell is joined by medical and business professionals on the Leadership Boards of IDA. This is a group of people who have hearts for those who are hurting and living with health challenges. Their desire is to reach out to the community through booklets, pamphlets, articles, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events, social networks and collaboration with other organizations to help bridge the gap of understanding and support for millions like Sherri.
You may enjoy Sherri’s book, But You LOOK Good! Booklet. How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain