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National Invisible Illness Awareness Week: Sept. 9-15, 2013

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National Invisible Illness Awareness Week runs from Sept. 9-15, 2013 Tom Baker/PhotoSpin

Caryn Cook, BSN, RN, put together a list of some of them in an EmpowHER article from Sept. 13, 2010 which included arthritis, back pain, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, hearing loss, multiple sclerosis, pulmonary hypertension and vision loss.

Lyme disease, epilepsy, narcolepsy, ADHD, Crohn's disease, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, vertigo, sleep disorders and respiratory issues are just a few other invisible conditions people live with.

According to Invisibleillnessweek.com, this year the theme for National Invisible Illness Awareness Week is "I choose to ______"

The website said, "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?"

The website encourages those who are ill as well as those who are not, to participate in raising awareness by contributing photos, tweeting, blogging or posting on social media, for instance on their Facebook pages or on Pinterest.

In the past there has been a virtual conference and while this year there won't be a conference, last year's seminars are still available to be viewed.

Lisa Copen has issued an invitation to everyone to take part in the daily chat sessions on their Facebook page.

Chats are live at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST every day except Friday. On Friday, chat will be at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. If you can't make it for live chat, everything will be there to read later as well.

All are invited to take part in some way this week. It's time to bring invisible illnesses into the light.


National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. Empowher.com. Retrieved Sept. 9, 2013.

Invisible Illness Awareness Week Features 5 Chats This Week. SBWire.com. Retrieved Sept. 9, 2013.

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I think mental illnesses could be classified as "invisible illnesses" as well. Although I do well at work, I still suffer from anxiety and depression, even if it's at a minor level. And I think people may misjudge me for that. I think it's important for everyone to think about the person next to them at work or in the grocery store, and realize that they could very well have a condition they're struggling with, even if its not obvious. Cut others some slack and hopefully they will do the same :)

September 12, 2013 - 7:27pm
HERWriter (reply to Rheyanne Weaver_2)

Very important points. Thanks for saying this, Rheyanne.



September 16, 2013 - 5:44am
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