HUFFPOST LIVE IDA Wayne Connell 12-11-2012.Press Release

IDA Invited to be a Special Guest on HUFFPOST LIVE News

Parker, CO – December 12, 2012. Wayne Connell, Founder and President of the Invisible Disabilities Association was honored to be a Special Guest on HUFFPOST LIVE produced by THE HUFFINGTON POST.

Nancy Redd hosted this informative broadcast entitled, “Not Handicapped Enough.

Joining Wayne was Hall of Fame Speaker, Humorist and Nurse, Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN. Karyn is also an IDA Advisory Board Member, author of the book series, “What’s So Funny About…” and founder of Journal of Nursing Jocularity. Karyn has spoken at several of IDA’s events and was the recipient of the 2009 IDA Healthcare Award. She is the past President of the Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor and teaches nurses, businesses and people living with illness and pain how to use humor as stress-relief and therapy.

Wayne’s wife, Sherri was also invited to share her insights and perspectives on living with invisible disabilities. Sherri lives with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic-Late Lyme Disease and Chemical Injury. Once a very active young woman, singing and dancing in musicals, achieving multiple college degrees and enjoying her career, Sherri has been unable to care for her own daily needs since 1991. Sherri and Wayne were married in 1994.

HUFFPOST LIVE producers were inspired to air this episode after reading an article from Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, “I May Be Disabled, But People Don’t Think I’m Blind Enough.” Elsa was also a Special Guest on the evening’s program.

Thank you goes out to HUFFPOST LIVE and THE HUFFINGTON POST for airing this valuable information and awareness! WATCH HERE!


The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

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Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor

Chemical Injury

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry



I May Be Disabled, But People Don’t Think I’m Blind Enough.

Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN

Invisible Disabilities Association

What’s So Funny About…

Wayne Connell


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    Please raise awareness to this terrible Invisible Disability Trigeminal Neuralgia. Many have suffered endless years. Please, I beg of you!!

  2. I once had a doctor tell me that I look good, I’m not over weight, so just exercise a little and I would be all right… it was very dismissive; I got up and walked out of her office and never went back; for a doctor to say to me, “but you don’t look sick” is unconscionable! I’ve also been told by the disability, appeals & federal courts that I’m not “severe enough” because I don’t look sick, my age, etc.. They can’t seem to get it that just because I am able to walk and do things on certain days I must be lying about the severity of my illnesses. It’s been the most frustrating 10yrs. of my life!

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  3. Thank you so much for covering this issue. It is funny that if you’re in a wheelchair, no one questions your disability. If you look normal, everyone is a doctor and a critic.

  4. My son has Lyme disease, and while in the hospital had a scope down into his stomach and intestines because he had severe pain, weight loss and nausea. The Doctor came in after looking inside of him and said, “you look good, you are healthy, go home and live your life.” My son could not walk at the time due to damage to his spinal cord from the Lyme, and was in severe pain. This doctor was so rude. He could not SEE any reason for the symptoms, so he just dismissed the entire illness. Other doctors, who viewed his MRI, could see the damage, they just were unsure what to do about it. Thankfully he has been seeing a Lyme literate doctor that is treating him with IV antibiotics and he can now walk around the house,and is able to read and think again. We have a long way to go and so many people do not understand.


  1. [...] Post with excerpts from the HuffPost Live episode from December 11, 2012 entitled, “Not Handicapped Enough.” Interviewed for this segment was Wayne, Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry [...]

  2. [...] Post with excerpts from the HuffPost Live episode from December 11, 2012 entitled, “Not Handicapped Enough.” Interviewed for this segment was Wayne, Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and [...]

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