2013 FAQ – Invisible Illness Week

Welcome to 2013 Invisible Illness Awareness Week

What is the 2013 theme?

Our theme this year is “I choose to ______”

Invisible illness isn’t a choice. But your visible hope is! You don’t have control over whether you are ill or not, but there are so many things to do have the ability to choose.
So, what do you choose?
We are collecting your images, photos, illustrations, of what you choose. It can be you holding a piece of paper that says, “I choose to… (fill in the blank).” Or a photo of you doing something you choose. It could be a photo of you and some friends and your choice to find the energy to hand out with them. Whatever!
Your images can be shared anywhere you’d like to help spread the word that invisible illness is not a choice, but you are still finding ways to live.

How do I upload photos?

There are a few ways you can make sure we find and see your photos. You must use certain words in the caption AND use the hashtag #invisibleillnessichooseto
That is the short explanation. For details, see our page just about the photos.

How can I tell other people about this?

We have many ways to make this easy for you so just choose below the ways that work best for you.

Is there going to be a virtual conference like in past years?

There is not. We will have some chat guest on our Facebook page, however. Stay tuned for details and make sure to “like” both our Facebook page and “Event” page so you don’t miss out on any of the information.

If you didn’t get to hear some of the seminars last year, we encourage you check them out. They are all timeless.

If I don’t have a chronic illness can I still get involved?

Of course! We would love to have anyone join us. It’s a wonderful opportunity to better understand what friends and loved ones experience on a daily basis when living with a chronic illness.

Is cancer considered a chronic illness?

Absolutely. There is no discrimination when it comes to chronic illness, and cancer has loads of side effects, some of which last a lifetime unfortunately. If it is a physical or mental illness or condition –or even just a series of symptoms– that is causing you pain, we consider it inclusive.

Is Invisible Illness Week on Facebook?

Yes! And we would love to have you join us there. One of the best parts of Facebook is that it is an easy way to share the things you care about when people who are in your circle without having to push it on them. The more you can share about this the more people we can reach and we are excited to see how it grows.

Here is our NICIAW Fan Page and here is our National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week “Cause” Page .

Each have perks the other one doesn’t have so take a moment to join both!

Is Invisible Illness Week on Pinterest?

Rest Ministries, the sponsor of NICIAW has an entire Pinterest account here. You can find our boards here:

Have a question we’ve not yet addressed? Contact us at the button above.


  1. Diane Lurette says

    I have just found this site. We host a page called Wishing for pain Free days so I have shared you with all my fellow fighters – Diane


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