May is Big Awareness Month for Many Health Conditions

Every month of the year, there is a list of nationally recognized causes, illnesses and even fun and silly topics. The awareness spans from Teacher Appreciation and Cancer to Oatmeal and Spunky Old Broads Month.

Although every month brings awareness to very important diseases, illnesses and disorders, May seems to be loaded with them.

We found several lists, but none seemed complete. So, we did our best to add as many as we could find. If you know of any other National or State Awareness Months to be added to this list, please leave a comment on this page, along with a link to a diagnosis specific health organization or foundation’s press release or notice that we can confirm with. Also, please feel free to leave a post about any Awareness Days or Weeks! We would love to hear about them all!

May Awareness Months for Health Conditions:

This is not a list of all illnesses, diseases and disorders that may cause debilitating symptoms. This is a list of conditions that have Federal or State status for Awareness Months or Weeks. As you may know, the Invisible Disabilities Association reaches around the world to all living with illness, pain, injury and disabilities … there are thousands! If you would like to bring more awareness to a health condition you or your loved one lives with, find out what month it falls under and contact an organization that focuses on that specific condition (ie: Arthritis Foundation) to obtain press releases, posters, flyers and more. Together, we can get the word out and educate the world!


But You Don’t Look

National Health Information Center

McGraw Hill Professional

National Health Information Center

Pam Pohly’s Net Guide

PCI Health





The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!


  1. elizabeth moyer says

    you need to add to your list of invisible disabilities if you haven’t:

    Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome
    Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
    Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
    Bipolar Disorder

  2. admin says

    Hi Elizabeth!

    We absolutely recognize those conditions and have always offered support, awareness and compassion for those who live with them. However, we do not have a list of illnesses that are considered invisible disabilities.

    There are thousands of illnesses, disorders, diseases, dysfunctions, birth defects, impairments and injuries that can be debilitating. We include them all. An invisible disability can be any sort of condition that causes such symptoms as debilitating fatigue, pain, cognitive dysfunctions and mental disorders, as well as hearing and eyesight impairments and more.

    Please see our page on “What is an Invisible Disability” for more information.

    Thank you so much!!!

    IDA Volunteer Team

  3. admin says

    Hi t hasuga!! Thank you so much for posting that May 12 is ME/CFS Awareness Day! CFS Awareness Month is in March. If anyone else would like to post any Awareness or Days or Months here, we would be thrilled!

    IDA Volunteer Team

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