Here's some of what happened during 2012's National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week.
A virtual conference was held featuring almost 20 speakers. The virtual conference has a 10 year history of offering support and practical tips to those who are chronically ill.
This venue was very appropriate for the chronically ill because those who are bedridden or housebound, who would not be able to go out to a meeting, would be able to tune in.
So often these people are left out of things due to the fact that they may not be well enough to go out, or lack a support system that might provide transportation or help getting into or out of a building.
The conference was ideal for those who could not sit up in a meeting, or whose multiple chemical sensitivities are too severe to be mixing it up with the general public.
The chronically ill often have very small circles of friends, making the difficult tasks of getting through a day or dealing with their health problems that much harder.
The virtual conference dealt with topics like caring for your children, or handling relationship problems that are unique to the chronically ill.
Suggestions were offered up as to how to function when getting out of bed takes all the energy you have, along with labor-saving techniques and ways to boost flagging spirits.
How do you handle it when the people you know don't believe there's anything wrong with you?
How do you protect yourself from well-meaning people who give you bad advice or want more from you than you can give? How do you deal with anger, guilt, fear, grief?
Bloggers have been writing for this special week, Twitter and Pinterest have also been used to cast more light on the struggles of those who are chronically, and invisibly, ill.
CNN Health featured "Images of Hope", and scheduled a follow-up chat on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/CNNHealth for September 21, 2012 with Lisa Copen as host, accompanied by co-host Sarah from CNN staff.
For more information on National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week:
National Invisible Illness Week Features Virtual Conference This Week. Huffingtonpost.com.