September 14-20 is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week.
Why is this awareness needed?
Have you ever parked (legally) in the handicapped spot and gotten stares? Has a loved one acted a bit skeptical about the severity of your illness? Does it get under your skin when someone says, “You look so good” and you don’t know why exactly? Then be sure to visit http://www.invisibleillnessweek.com , the web site for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. Read guest bloggers, get involved, join their Facebook cause or follow them on Twitter. Best of all M-F is a free virtual conference with 20 speakers and the ability to call in live and ask questions.
What can you do to help raise awareness about all forms of Invisible Illness (II)?
- Attend the Virtual Conference (see link in the sidebar to the right):
The highlight of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is our 5-day Virtual Conference. With four speakers per day giving special presentations and taking calls from you on the phone, this is an interactive, encouraging, and educational forum that will leave you feeling refreshed and hopeful that chronic illness doesn’t have to define who you are!
For many people, their mental health issues are invisible illnesses too. This very invisibility can promote the feeling of shame and being different from everyone else. Let’s remember and raise awareness about this type of invisibility too!