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Thank you for taking the time to find out more about National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week (NICIAW).We hope you will find helpful information to write your article, conduct your interview. If you have a specific question for our readers, we are happy to refer people to you.

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Other dates to be aware of:
September is Pain Awareness Month -Visit the Partners for Understanding Pain portal, available on the American Chronic Pain Association’s web site at

  • National Courtesy Month; September; 702-386-9115
  • National Shut-in Visitation Day; October 13; 215-374-2930
  • Make a Difference Day; October 21; 703-276-6445
  • Sweetest Day (act of unselfishness); October 21; 810-362-3223

Other resources of interest:

Quotes about II Week:

Have you ever felt the devastating isolation of life with an invisible illness that robs you of the energy to hug your children or greet your spouse at the door? Well, you're far from alone my friend! There are hundreds of thousands of us who dearly understand your trials. Join us for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week to break through the isolation that many have come to accept as a necessary toleration in life. Discover that you don't have to tolerate being alone anymore! -Trish Robichaud, Maximum Life Coach, TeleClass Leader, Motivational Speaker, Facilitator and Disability Awareness Coach

"As anyone with chronic illness knows, and especially those with invisible illness, the search for relief can be as painful and unending as the illness itself. This psychological and emotional pain is either soothed or magnified by those outside of these experiences, such as the general public or the intimate circle of loved ones, depending on their level of awareness and understanding of a condition that they often cannot even see. This campaign for awareness is vital to bridging the painful gap between what those with illness face and those who do not understand, and opens us all up to healing...and that is surely a blessing.", Nancy Gordon, Animal Angel Healers

It's time the "inevitable illnesses" were given more than one or two lines in the nursing textbooks. I work in a mental health hospital, and many of my patients deal with fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome. If the medical staff had a better understanding of how these illnesses affect the whole body, mind, and spirit, we wouldn't be telling them to wait to have their chronic pain treated AFTER we have their depression, or other mental illness stabilized. I am a registered nurse that has to keep my treatment for fibromyalgia and severe chronic pain a secret for fear of losing my job. I suffer through a 12 hour shift without my medication so that I can never be accused of being impaired at work. I will stay in there, trying to give what encouragement and support I can to my patients for as long as I am physically able. - Teri Beamer, R.N.

I live with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, debilitating migraine headaches and rheumatoid arthritis. So many people will comment on how healthy I look and yet I am in constant pain and struggle to get through my day due to fatigue. I pastor a church, write daily devotions and also am a wife to a man who is chronically ill and I am his care taker. I feel awareness is extremely important as so many suffer silently and need to know that there are those out there who understand and are praying. Blessings, Rev. Frances Gamble

Invisible Illness week is a fantastic way to help educate people on the challenges of those who live with chronic illnesses. I hear from people around the world who feel so misunderstood by family, friends, and the church. I believe awareness will lead to compassionate hearts toward the chronically ill. -Janine Ridings, Author, Comfort in the Storm: Devotions for the Chemically Sensitive

I have been challenged with RSD - reflex sympathetic dystrophy and have renamed it ridiculous social disorder - because it is an invisible illness that is how it can be viewed. In the meantime for all of us, remember God does heal and cure all illnesses. Wendy L Thorenz

The name of this very important event speaks volumes! "Invisible Illness Awareness Week" helps to give attention to the plight of those suffering with chronic illnesses that may not be evident visibly--yet the pain is real and very much a part of day to day life. It is also an opportunity to minister one-to-another the Christian comfort and the validation so necessary to the well-being of these individuals. Claudette Palatsky, author of Think It Not Strange, Making Peace with Chronic Pain

One third of the population lives with invisible illnesses. This means that it touches everyone as 1 out of every 3 people we meet have at least one. The NICIAW is necessary in all walks of life, and especially in the church! The church is wonderful in responding to the needs of those who have visible illnesses, surgeries, cancer, etc. But for those whose illnesses are invisible, too often we are left to suffer silently. We can all learn a lot during this week! -Terri Kalmbach, Former Womens Ministries Director, I have Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Diabetes, Asthma, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel (among others)


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