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National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is held annually in September and is a worldwide effort to bring together people who live with invisible chronic illness and those who love them.

Bloggers are welcome to participate anytime, but are encouraged to unite efforts during August and September to increase awareness online and share their experiences as well as encouragement.

A badge is available that says you are blogging during the actual awareness week. These are 200 x 200 pixels. If you column is smaller than this, for example 150×150, just change the dimensions in the html code.

Organizations are encouraged to educate the general public, churches, healthcare professionals and government officials about the impact of living with a chronic illness that is not visually apparent.

Get the Badge

  1. Right click on the badge to download
  2. Link it back to this web site at this link: http://invisibleillnessweek.com
  3. Then write your blog posting.

Submit your blog to a link party at this web site

  1. Come back to invisibleillnessweek.com and submit your blog to our link parties so people can find it! (See the button above in the menu bar.)

When to blog

  1. You can blog at any time as we want people to know about this week during any time of the year. However, here are some tips.
  2. Please post a blog on SEPTEMBER 9, 2013. We hope to have hundreds of blogs participate on this day!

A few ideas to write about

  • You can also participate in our Meme “30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know” as a great blog post!
  • Write a blog post about your I CHOOSE TO… _____ . What are you choosing to do, think, say, be? Why is this important to not give up on yourself or your dreams when you are chronically ill?
  • Remember that not all of your posts have to have the “it’s so not fair” tone. Write your “best advice” to others who feel invalidated. How have you learned to get past the remarks people have made?
  • Don’t forget families and what they also cope with when one of their members has an illness. And how is it being invisible easier/more difficult for them? For example, if Dad’s illness is invisible, does your son have to cope with his friends wondering why his Dad never participates in the father/son baseball game?
  • Remember caregivers. Any thanks, thoughts?
  • Remember all the aspects of living with invisible illness. Being a parent, a spouse, an adult child (who is maybe a caregiver too), a neighbor, etc.
  • Don’t forget about all the kids who have illness too!
  • Cancer can be considered an invisible illness, as are things like eating disorders, mental illness and the list goes on.
  • Got others? Share them!

IMPORTANT: We hope to blow those Google Alerts apart on Sept 9th with blogs all over the internet posting about invisible illness issues as we have in years past. Remember that with most blogging programs you can even write it in advance and have your post published on September 9th.

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