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A few ways to promote Invisible Illness Week

Posted Nov 03 2008 8:56pm

A lot of you have asked this question. We have many ways listed at the web sitewww.invisibleillness.combut if you're looking for a fast easy way to get the ball rolling, just pick an "ad" below that you like and post it to groups that you're involved in, on your own web site, to your mailing list, even email it to your family and friends that may be interested.

This is a GRASSROOTS campaign and each of you are a blade of grass. We're hoping to have to bring in a ride-on mower by the end of Invisible Illness Week. The power of the internet is huge, and it's the best way for us to spread the message. BUT... please do not spam people. Be sure to choose who you are sending it to wisely. (Thanks!)

Scan on down for "Signature" files you can add to your emails for the next couple of weeks.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Announcement #1

Do you have an invisible illness? Don't miss National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 11-17, 2006. http://www.invisibleillness.com
Sponsored by HopeKeepers Magazine, the week includes three online chat seminars each day, including Paul Donoghue and Mary Siegel, authors of "Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with Invisible Chronic Illness," and Karen Lee Richards, Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Guide for About.com and former editor of Fibromyalgia Aware Magazine.

This week's theme is "My illness is invisible but my hope shines through!" It's a designated time in which people who live with chronic illness, those that love them, and 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. Join us for this grassroots campaign to help educate people: nearly 1 in 2 people have a chronic illness and 96% of illness is invisible.


Announcement #2

Do you live with an invisible illness? You aren't alone. National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 11-17, 2006 gives you a chance to feel "normal."

The statistics about illness are staggering:
+ Nearly 1 in 2 Americans has a chronic condition
+ 96% of illness is invisible. 60% of the ill are ages 18-60
+ The divorce rate is over 75% for the chronically ill
+ 70% of suicides have uncontrollable physical pain as a factor

Sponsored by HopeKeepers Magazine, This week's theme is "My illness is invisible but my hope shines through!" It's a designated time in which people who live with chronic illness, those that love them, and 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. Join us for this grassroots campaign to help spread the word that those with illness may look great, but are hurting and need compassion. http://www.invisibleillness.com

Announcement #3

Living with an invisible illness can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be hopeless. Chat online with chronic illness life coaches during National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 11-17, 2006 at http://www.invisibleillness.com. Life coaches for those with chronic illness include Trish Robichaud, Maximum Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, & Disability Awareness Coach; Joanna Wasmuth of Harmony Coaching Group and 17 years of living with fibromyalgia; Tom Robinson, M.A., Chronic Illness Life Coach; and Rowe Jones, "American's Chronic Pain Coping Expert." Over fifteen free seminars this week with drawings for complimentary sessions.

Announcement #4

Can you hear me now? Your illness and how you cope with it can be significantly impacted by how well you listen to those around you. Join best-selling authors Paul Donoghue and Mary Siegel, of "Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with Invisible Chronic Illness," at a free online chat seminar hosted by National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 11-17, 2006 at http://www.invisibleillness.com. They will share insights from their new book, "Are You Really Listening? Keys to Successful Communication" about how effective listening--by doctors, family, friends, employers and patients themselves--has a huge impact on how well the person with the illness and their families come to terms with invisible chronic illness (ICI).

Announcement #5

Are you a mom with a chronic illness? Do you feel guilty for serving cereal for dinner? Well, fret no more! Join us for over 15 free online seminars hosted by National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 11-17, 2006 at http://www.invisibleillness.com. Meet Dena Dyer, author of "The Groovy Chicks' Road Trip" and "Grace for the Race: Meditations for Busy Moms." She has dealt with thyroid disease, chronic fatigue, and depression and will show you how to set realistic expectations of being a mom with an illness that God delights in, even when you can't do it all.


Announcement #6

Sick of being sick? Join Chronic Illness Life Coach, Tom Robinson, M.A., for a free chat seminar during National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 11-17, 2006 at http://www.invisibleillness.com He will talk about "How to identify and make the best use of the strengths that your illness didn't take away."


You'll find many guests this week, all who live with chronic illness who didn't let illness stand in their way: Joshua Goodling, who was given one week to live--36 years ago, He is now an inspirational speaker, author, and the founder of inspiritnews. Jason Mitchener, who was born with a rare neuromuscular disease that now confines him to an electric wheelchair and requires him to use a ventilator to breathe-recently published a devotional book "Just Passing Through: Notes from a Fellow Traveler." It includes a music CD. Meet amazing people and find out how you can adopt their attitude.


Announcement #7

Got illness? Got attitude? We've all got attitude but is it constructive or destructive? Find out how to set reasonable expectations to change the way you think about your illness at free online chat seminars during National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 11-17, 2006 at http://www.invisibleillness.com .

Kathleen Lewis, author of "Celebrate Life: New Attitudes for Living with Chronic Illness," (published by the Arthritis Foundation) lives with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and will speak on "Chronic Illness and Stigma--Challenges of Living with Chronic Illness." She is a registered nurse, Certified Medical Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Stephen Minister. Trish Robichaud, Maximum Life Coach, TeleClass Leader, Motivational Speaker, Facilitator & Disability Awareness Coach will speak on "ABC's of Living Well with Chronic Illness - Attitude, Balance & Communication" Turn your life around in September with a new attitude!

Announcement #8

Have you ever wondered if those Fruit Loops actually can cause you more pain? Are you sick of feeling much older than your age? Can't figure out how to set boundaries? Join us for over 15 free online chat seminars hosted by National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 11-17, 2006 at http://www.invisibleillness.com. Special guests include Claudette Palatsky, author of "Think it Not Strange," Pastor Greg Harvey & Dee, Minister, author of "Finding God Faithful in Turbulent Times," and Angela R.Vittucci, Registered Dietitian, Clinical Nutritionist (and all of them live with chronic illness!)

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SIGNATURES
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Looking for something to put in your own email at the bottom? This is usually called a "signature." Just add something like this for the next couple of weeks:

#1

Did you know nearly 1 in 2 Americans live with chronic illness? Someone you know is hurting and chances are you don't know what to say or do. Find out how to reach out to others during National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 11-17, 2006. http://www.invisibleillness.com

#2

"My illness is invisible but my hope shines through!" That is the theme of this year's National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 11-17, 2006. Support someone you love who is hurting by caring enough to be informed. Visit http://www.invisibleillness.com

#3

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is September 11-17, 2006. Nearly 1 in 2 people have a chronic illness. If it's not you, it's someone you love. Visit http://www.invisibleillness.com for ways to encourage those you care about.

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