Migraines, Headaches, and Invisible Illness Awareness 2010

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • In many discussions and comments on MyMigraineConnection, we've talked about how Migraine being an invisible illness can make things more difficult for us. Many of us also have comorbid conditions such as depression, thyroid disease, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, and others that are also invisible.

    September 13-19, 2010, is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week (NICIAW). This annual event, started in 2002 by Lisa Copen, features a variety of ways to get involved including a free virtual online conference going on all week with speakers each morning 10:30 – 12 USA Pacific time.

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    There is a Meme “30 Things You May Not Know About My Invisible Illness”, you can sign up to blog for the cause, read guest bloggers’ posts, and get involved in the campaign on Facebook. There is even a free 80-page ebook when you sign up for email updates, with 263 tips!

    With nearly 50% of the population living with a chronic condition, about 96% of those people are suffering silently with invisible illnesses.

    Here's a message about NICIAW from Lisa Copen:


    Nancy wrote about one of her favorite awareness week activities in Migraines, Me, and Invisible Illness Awareness.

    If you have a blog or a web site, I hope you'll remember what Lisa said about "Each one can reach one," and write about this awareness week.

    For other activities and suggestions, here are some links for you:

    How often do we wish we could do something to make life easer for other people with Migraines? This awareness week gives us an opportunity to do just that, and in ways that will help people with all invisible illnesses. Lisa and her organization have done a wonderful job of putting together activities that are easy to do, things that most all of us can handle.

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    For more information on National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, visit their web site, http://invisibleillnessweek.com/.

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    Last updated September 13, 2010.

Published On: September 13, 2010