Did you know Rest Ministries started Invisible Illness Awareness Week in 2002 and it’s still going strong?
Here are some details about it and why it should matter to you. Below is the video from Lisa explaining the 2013 campaign.
What does Invisible Illness Awareness Week have to do with Rest Ministries?
Lisa began Rest Ministries in 1996 and by 2002 she felt that she was hearing from more and more people (believers and unbelievers) who were tired of feeling like no one understood what they were going through or the pain they were in. People doubted the seriousness of their illness or if it even existed at all. Lisa wanted to reach outside of Rest Ministries as a missionary would, searching out people who live with illness who felt hopeless.
Through the years Lisa has poured her heart into Invisible Illness Awareness Week. Through months of preparation, she has worked thousands of hours on podcasts (they are still archived!) and videos for the virtual conference, her mom sometimes flying to town to help care for her son when he was younger.
She hopes that you will join her in reaching out to those who feel without hope, who wonder what the purpose is in all of this. It’s because of the volunteers through the years that this week has been a success year after year.
What is the 2013 theme?
Our theme this year is “I choose to ______”
How do I upload photos?
How can I tell other people about this?
We have many ways to make this easy for you so just choose below the ways that work best for you.
- Tweets (140-character awareness stuff) you can post on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, anywhere, anytime
- Short posts about Invisible Illness Week that can be posted somewhere like Facebook or your blog.
- Buttons to share
- Blog about it!
- Post your photos and images of “I choose to _____” You can also share them on Facebook, Pinterest, etc.
Is there going to be a virtual conference like in past years?
There is not. We will have some chat guest on our Facebook page, however. Stay tuned for details and make sure to “like” both our Facebook page and “Event” page so you don’t miss out on any of the information.
If you didn’t get to hear some of the seminars last year, we encourage you check them out. They are all timeless.
If I don’t have a chronic illness can I still get involved?
Of course! We would love to have anyone join us. It’s a wonderful opportunity to better understand what friends and loved ones experience on a daily basis when living with a chronic illness.
Is cancer considered a chronic illness?
Absolutely. There is no discrimination when it comes to chronic illness, and cancer has loads of side effects, some of which last a lifetime unfortunately. If it is a physical or mental illness or condition –or even just a series of symptoms– that is causing you pain, we consider it inclusive.
Is Invisible Illness Week on Facebook?
Yes! And we would love to have you join us there. One of the best parts of Facebook is that it is an easy way to share the things you care about when people who are in your circle without having to push it on them. The more you can share about this the more people we can reach and we are excited to see how it grows.
Here is our NICIAW Fan Page and here is our National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week “Cause” Page .
Each have perks the other one doesn’t have so take a moment to join both!
Is Invisible Illness Week on Pinterest?
Rest Ministries, the sponsor of NICIAW has an entire Pinterest account here. You can find our boards here:
- Invisible Illness Stuff
- Invisible Illness Week
- I CHOOSE TO photos from 2013 we have shared
- Invisible Illness Week Speakers from 2012
- Invisible Illness Week Images of Hope from 2012