Did you know that today marks the start of the annual “Invisible Illness Week”?
This year, hundreds of people are using their blogs to raise awareness of illnesses which often can’t be seen, but are very real to those suffering with them. According to Chronic Care in America, 133 million Americans live with a chronic condition, and US Census Bureau records show that about 96% of illnesses are invisible and no assistive device is utilized.
The Invisible Illness Blog suggests some ways of telling others about the campaign, including emailing or leaving a comment on the blog of someone who writes about illness issues, or composing your own blog article, forum or social network entry.
While some of the templates feel rather prescriptive (and dare I say, bordering on “spammy”) I understand the sentiment. I’d hope that anyone with a little blogging (or any writing) experience would be able to craft their own responses, and only post to blogs that they actually read!
Lisa Copen, initiator of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week commented, “We hope people will be enthusiastic to care enough to erase the myths surrounding invisible illness. Together we can make an impact through our stories.”