Invisible Illness Awareness Week

September 14 – 20 2009
is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week

While ‘National’ in the US, I think we Canucks can also spread the awareness of chronic illnesses that can not be readily seen.

What can you do?

What are considered invisible diseases? Some examples..
Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Migraines, Lyme disease, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, (Partial) Dysautonomia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Ulcerative Colitis, Endometriosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastroparesis, GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Depression, Occipital neuralgia, Dystonia, Autoimmunity, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD), Epilepsy, Bipolar Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Otosclerosis, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Hypothyroidism Hyperthyroidism, Dysautonomia, Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia, Degenerative Disk Disease, Neuropathy, Optic Neuritis, Hypersomnia, Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance (MGUS), Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Autoimmune Disease (UCTD), Cancer, Anorexia, Bulimia & Compulsive Overeating, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, Heart Disease, Dementia.

Some of these names you’ve heard of, several I’m sure you haven’t.. I know there’s several I haven’t, but I have no reason to doubt the authenticity of the other authors of the “30 things you dunno” meme. They are the source of this list. I know there are many others but this gives you an idea of what varied conditions there are that fall under the category “Chronic Invisible Illnesses”. Be aware that 96% of all illness are considered “invisible” and you can’t usually see it.

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