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Invisible Illness: What You Can Do

Blogging for Invisible Illness Week
The worldwide event is held annually to bring together people who live with invisible chronic illness — and those who care about them.

If you have a blog or other social networking platform, you can share information and lend encouragement about life with chronic illness by participating in Blogging for Invisible Illness Week. You can post your articles throughout the month of September. Family members, friends, and caregivers are encouraged to participate.

Please visit Blogging for Invisible Illness Week for complete details.

The Anonymous Sticky Note Project
This year, people around the world are participating by leaving anonymous sticky notes with words of encouragement — anywhere they can imagine — from bathroom mirrors to public locations to the magazines in waiting rooms. The idea is to remind people that they are not alone and there are people who understand the realities of life with invisible illness.

It’s easy, it’s free, and it will make someone’s day. Create your own “Each One Can Reach One” moment.

Related Reading: Invisible Symptoms of MS * Life with Chronic Illness: Who to Tell, When and How Much * Handicapped Parking: A Guilt-Free Zone

Writer Ann Pietrangelo embraces the concept of personal responsibility for health and wellness. As a person living with multiple sclerosis, she combines a healthy lifestyle and education with modern medicine, and seeks to provide information and support to others. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a regular contributor to Care2 Causes. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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4:21AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

The more empathy out there the better. People can be quite rude when you suffer from a condition that they can't see and therefore understand. Giving folks the gift of compassion works as a two way street, both sides benefit.

8:23AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

To repeat comments, thank you for shining a light on this issue and raising awareness. This condition does not choose the age, gender, race ,lifestyle or creed of the sufferers. No matter how we try, as we get older, invisible illness does begin to intrude into our lives- arthritis, osteoporosis, COPD, high blood pressure, diabetes, stomach issues, respiratory issues,etc., add to this depression and the possibility of dementia creeping in....
Invisible illness ,to me, also affects one's emotional state. Over time, living with these invisible yet crippling illness, emotional fragility can set in. It would be re-assuring to be with people who can relate with you with no judgment and still care to be with you. Sadly, there are very cruel ,unsympathetic and mean people in this world- we all have them.

4:30PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Thank you for the moral support. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and all who suffer constant pain.

10:03AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Thank you

10:02AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Thank you

1:28PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

This is so true people dont really know how much pain you are really in with these illnesses.

6:42AM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:47AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Empathy is a great gift!

3:46AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

12:14PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

Thank you. I also have relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis. The experience of feeling constant pain, experiencing fatigue and/or exhaustion can be demoralizing and isolating because you are often unable to complete meaningful work, home-related tasks and engage in social interactions. With these lifestyle limitations, you begin to view yourself as less fully human than before.

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