Invisible Disabilities in the News with IDA Founder, Wayne Connell

IDA on Comcast Newsmakers

Comcast Newsmakers reporter, Beverly Weaver, interviews Invisible Disabilities Association Founder and President, Wayne Connell about invisible disabilities. This interview aired several times in September 2013.

It’s Not An Illusion! Debilitating illness and pain is real, even though we can’t always “see” it; and we need to believe in and love the people living with them.

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe.

 

About Wayne

Wayne is the Founder & President of the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). His inspiration for IDA is His wife, Sherri, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease, Neurological Chemical Intolerance, Traumatic Brain Injury and Anaphylaxis Food Allergies. Wayne is the Author of the booklet, But You LOOK Good! How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain. He has spoken at seminars, conferences, health fairs and banquets to create awareness, education and support. His personal experience includes that of a professional, multi-tasking husband caregiver with an extensive background in management, media and technology. This man on a mission quickly launched IDA into a world-wide outreach for millions living with invisible disabilities. Wayne and the IDA Executive and Advisory Teams reach out to others living with illness, pain and injury around the world. They bring encouragement and awareness about invisible disabilities to friends, family, co-workers and businesses through websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, seminars, events, videos, radio and social networks.

My First TV Interview

Angela Pierce TV InterviewRecently, I was a guest on a local TV program hosted by Scott Kaplan and Amber Mesker.  It was the first time I had ever been interviewed.  I did not realize how simple the set up was, as I expected to see a lot more cameras, lights and noise.  It was a simple set and very quiet.

I was asked to come on and tell my story about my accident.  When the interview began, I thought it would be about how to motivate people via my story, but instead it was an account of what actually happened.  I took a moment in my mind to figure out how to bring motivation to the story, so I referenced the moment when I was put in the ambulance and told Scott and Amber that my thoughts were centered on survival.  Instead of laying in a hospital, I’ll be laying in the sun and enjoying the weather.

The way I thought I could motivate people was to tell them that the most important thing when facing tragedy was to tell yourself, “don’t give up.  You’ll have your day in the sun if you hold on to life.”  After almost thirty years, I still tell myself that same message and find it to be very helpful to me as new challenges and struggles surface.

In conclusion, here’s the message for you, the readers:  When difficulty or tragedy strikes, realize that there are many different ways you can respond.  The most important thing to remember is that you can tell yourself is that it will be OK.  The moment won’t last forever.  You are worth more than the price of the trauma!

RESOURCE

U-T San Diego – Front Page with Scott & Amber. Watch Angela’s interview. January 14, 2013.

About Angela Pierce

In 1985, Angela Pierce survived a 125-foot free fall while mountain climbing, breaking her bones in 168 places. Her story of survival is a miracle. The lessons she has learned over the last 27 years are an incredible inspiration to others who must climb their own mountains every day. Visit her website, Falling Off the Mountain.

A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever

A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever - Huffington Post 12-12-2012 Set 2HuffPost LIVE produced by The Huffington Post a video interview and article with Wayne Connell, the founder and president of the Invisible Disabilities Association (my hubby) and me.

The show was titled, “A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever” and was hosted by Nancy Redd.

Holy Toledo! How cool is that! As of today, it has 117,771 views! Although I mention Lyme, the interview is really about ALL living with debilitating illness and pain, no matter what their diagnosis. Most of all, it is about helping friends and family better understand.

The Huffington Post wrote:

Sherri Connell, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis & Lyme Disease, and her husband Wayne Connell, the Founder & President of Invisible Disabilities Association, joined HuffPost Live to tell Nancy Redd Sherri’s story of contracting her illnesses through a tick bite and how they have turned it into a positive thing by founding an organization to help those with disabilities.

“When I was fourteen I was bit by a tick but at the time I didn’t know it,” Connell told Redd. “But, I started feeling chronic pain soon after.”

“I fell in love with her and we got married in ’94. And in ’96 she coined the phrase, “Invisible disabilities,” said her husband Connell.

The show was produced by the Huffington 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 was hosted by Nancy Redd. Read full story!

Watch the 3 minute show, “A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever” below! Share it with friends, family and groups to increase awareness and send a message to the media that these are the kinds of articles people want to hear and read about!

RESOURCES

Invisible Disabilities Association

HuffPost LIVE

The Huffington Post

Not Handicapped Enough

About Sherri Connell

Sherri has always been an extremely active person. She used to cheer-lead, sing and dance in musicals, act in commercials, model in fashion shows, work multiple jobs and obtained 3 college degrees. However, she has been unable to work or care for her daily needs since 1991, due to Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic-Late Lyme Disease. Sherri also lives with Chemical Injury, which causes her to be very isolated from family and friends. Her unbearable and disabling pain, fatigue and cognitive disorders are unrelenting 24x7. Sherri desires to help others better understand debilitating conditions, as she shares her story and information about her illnesses. Despite her daily pain and losses, Sherri's writings and videos come to life with her humor and positive attitude. Sherri's journey and struggles for others to understand her disability have inspired her husband, Wayne, to reach out to millions of others like Sherri, through the Invisible Disabilities Association. Sherri is not a medical professional, please seek advice from your doctor before making any changes to healthcare or lifestyle.

Humor for Health and Well-Being with Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN: IDA Video Seminar

Humor for HealthIDA Founder and President interviews  Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, Hall of Fame Speaker and Humorist.

Karyn is the past president of the Association for Applied Therapeutic Humor, the creator of the Nursing Jocularity online publication and author of the What’s So Funny About … book series.

Interview by Wayne Connell, Founder and President
Invisible Disabilities Association
www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

http://www.InvisibleDisabilitiesCommunity.org
http://www.Facebook.com/InvisibleDisabilities
http://www.InvisibleNoMore.TV
http://www.Facebook.com/InvisibleNoMoreTV
http://www.YouTube.com/InvisibleDisability
http://www.Twitter.com/INVDisabilities
http://www.InvisibleHero.org
http://www.CleanerIndoorAir.org

All Rights Reserved
Copyright 2012 Invisible Disabilities Association

About Karyn Buxman

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP CPAE is on a mission to improve global health through laughter and to heal the humor-impaired. Karyn is a Hall of Fame Speaker and the owner of Journal of Nursing Jocularity. For periodic tips on how to improve your life with strategic humor, visit her website.

IDA Receives “Best Booth Award” for Allsup’s Disability Expo

AwardPress Release

IDA Receives the “Best Booth Award” for Allsup’s Disability Expo

Parker, CO – January 23, 2013. The Invisible Disabilities Association is thrilled to receive the “Best Booth Award” for Allsup’s True Help® Disability Web Expo. The free, online expo was held on September 27, 2012 and available on-demand through December 26th.

15 non-profit organizations were invited by Allsup to participate in the event. IDA presented 6 Video Interviews and LIVE chats with our experts. We also made informative pamphlets, hand-outs, videos and resources available to the attendees.

The award included a $1,000 scholarship to IDA to help us continue to encourage, educate and support people touched by illness and disabilities around the world. This award was determined by the feedback and votes from attendees of the expo.

Thank you everyone who attended and voted for us!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

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.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

Additional Resources

2012 Online Disability Expo Now Available Through December 26

IDA Presents LIVE Chats with Our Experts September 27th

Free Online Disability Expo with IDA September 27, 2012

 

About

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!

Ready, Set, Thrive with Jeff VanKooten: IDA Video Seminar

Jeff VankootenSeminar with IDA Executive Board Member, Jeff Vankooten, Speaker and Trainer. Jeff also lives with Bipolar Disorder. Join Jeff for some insightful tips on thriving in life!

Wayne Connell, Founder and President
Invisible Disabilities Association
http://www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

http://www.InvisibleDisabilitiesCommunity.org
http://www.Facebook.com/InvisibleDisabilities
http://www.InvisibleNoMore.TV
http://www.Facebook.com/InvisibleNoMoreTV
http://www.YouTube.com/InvisibleDisability
http://www.Twitter.com/INVDisabilities
http://www.InvisibleHero.org
http://www.CleanerIndoorAir.org

All Rights Reserved
Copyright 2012 Invisible Disabilities Association

About Jeff Vankooten

Jeff Vankooten is a professional speaker who helps people thrive in disruption and change. He also coaches people over 40 who want to harness their life’s experience into talks and products that leave a legacy. He is a native of Denver, Colorado where he lives with his wife, three kids and really big dog.

Communication Do’s and Don’ts with Kathe Skinner, LMFT: IDA Video Seminar

Communication Do's and Don'tsIDA Founder and President interviews Kathe Skinner, MA, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist and IDA Executive Board Member.

Kathe also lives with Multiple Sclerosis. She and her husband, David specialize in counseling couples with a spouse living with chronic illness.

Interview by Wayne Connell, Founder and President
Invisible Disabilities Association
www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

http://www.InvisibleDisabilitiesCommunity.org
http://www.Facebook.com/InvisibleDisabilities
http://www.InvisibleNoMore.TV
http://www.Facebook.com/InvisibleNoMoreTV
http://www.YouTube.com/InvisibleDisability
http://www.Twitter.com/INVDisabilities
http://www.InvisibleHero.org
http://www.CleanerIndoorAir.org

All Rights Reserved
Copyright 2012 Invisible Disabilities Association

About Kathe Skinner

Kathe Skinner is a Marriage & Family Therapist turned Relationship Coach in private practice. She conducts Couples Retreats in fabulous places, offers webinars and holds Couples Communication Classes along the Front Range of Colorado. She and her husband David live in Colorado Springs with two hooligan cats. She has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis for over 30 years.

Be Expedition Ready with Antarctic Mike: IDA Video Seminar

Be Expedition ReadyIDA Founder and President interviews Antarctic Mike (Pierce), Speaker, World Record Holder and Caregiver to his wife, Angela.

Mike takes he learned from his extreme sports and applies them to his life with a spouse living with disabilities. Don’t miss Mike and Angela’s incredible story of perseverance and love!

Interview by Wayne Connell, Founder and President
Invisible Disabilities Association
www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

http://www.InvisibleDisabilitiesCommunity.org
http://www.Facebook.com/InvisibleDisabilities
http://www.InvisibleNoMore.TV
http://www.Facebook.com/InvisibleNoMoreTV
http://www.YouTube.com/InvisibleDisability
http://www.Twitter.com/INVDisabilities
http://www.InvisibleHero.org
http://www.CleanerIndoorAir.org

All Rights Reserved
Copyright 2012 Invisible Disabilities Association

About Mike Pierce

Antarctic Mike (Mike Pierce) is a professional speaker, managing partner in a recruiting company, an avid adventure athlete, and a husband to Angela, who lives daily with disability due to a rock climbing accident. Mike has completed marathons in some of the world’s coldest climates including the Canadian Arctic, Siberia and twice in the Antarctic. He has set world records in endurance swimming and cycling as well. Adventure sports have changed Mike’s life in many ways, including teaching him the importance of being mentally focused and conditioned to run the most challenging and important marathon, that of helping Angela manage her lifetime disability.

7 Realities of the Invisible Becoming Visible with Wayne Connell: IDA Video Seminar

7 Realities of the Invisible Becoming VisibleInvisible Disabilities Association Founder and President, Wayne Connell shares 7 points about invisible disabilities and how to be a source of support to those who live with them.

This video is an excerpt from his seminar of the same name that he has given to various groups and organizations.

Wayne’s wife, Sherri lives with debilitating Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Late Lyme Disease and Chemical Injury.

 

7 Realities of the Invisible Becoming V-I-S-I-B-L-E

V = Vast
I = Invisible
S = Society
I = Individual
B = Believe
L = Love
E = Everyone

Wayne Connell, Founder and President
Invisible Disabilities Association
http://www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

http://www.InvisibleDisabilitiesCommunity.org
http://www.Facebook.com/InvisibleDisabilities
http://www.InvisibleNoMore.TV
http://www.Facebook.com/InvisibleNoMoreTV
http://www.YouTube.com/InvisibleDisability
http://www.Twitter.com/INVDisabilities
http://www.InvisibleHero.org
http://www.CleanerIndoorAir.org

All Rights Reserved
Copyright 2012 Invisible Disabilities Association

About Wayne

Wayne is the Founder & President of the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). His inspiration for IDA is His wife, Sherri, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease, Neurological Chemical Intolerance, Traumatic Brain Injury and Anaphylaxis Food Allergies. Wayne is the Author of the booklet, But You LOOK Good! How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain. He has spoken at seminars, conferences, health fairs and banquets to create awareness, education and support. His personal experience includes that of a professional, multi-tasking husband caregiver with an extensive background in management, media and technology. This man on a mission quickly launched IDA into a world-wide outreach for millions living with invisible disabilities. Wayne and the IDA Executive and Advisory Teams reach out to others living with illness, pain and injury around the world. They bring encouragement and awareness about invisible disabilities to friends, family, co-workers and businesses through websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, seminars, events, videos, radio and social networks.

IDA on HUFFPOST LIVE News

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!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

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.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

ARTICLE RESOURCES

Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor

Chemical Injury

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

HUFFPOST LIVE

THE HUFFINGTON POST

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

Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN

Invisible Disabilities Association

SherriConnell.com

What’s So Funny About…

Wayne Connell

About

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!

2012 Online Disability Expo Now Available Through December 26

YOU DIDN’T MISS IT! The True Help® Online Disability Expo is now available on demand through December 26.

All the booths are still open for people to browse through!

1) Register here!
2) Go to the Empowerment Hall to find our booth! Hoover over the booths to find the Invisible Disabilities Association or use the direct link (below) to go right to the IDA Booth after you register.
3) Look through our videos, pamphlets and free handouts.
4) Go to the chat module to find the video interviews and transcripts from our IDA Experts.
5) Vote for IDA! After attending, you will be sent a questionnaire about how you enjoyed the expo.

PLEASE VOTE for IDA to win the $1,000 grant to help us continue to reach out with encouragement, education, support and resources. After visiting the Disability Expo, you will be sent a survey in which to vote for us. Thank you!

Our IDA Experts:

  • VIDEO: Be Expedition Ready – Learn about preparing for the journey of care giving. Antarctic Mike (Pierce) and IDA President, Wayne Connell.
  • VIDEO: Nine new rules for engaging change and managing stress. Jeff Vankooten.
  • VIDEO: 7 Realities of the Invisible Becoming Visible. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell.
  • VIDEO: Communication Do’s and Don’ts for People with Disabilities. Kathe Skinner, MA, LMFT.
  • VIDEO: Humor for Health & Well-Being. Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE.
  • TRANSCRIPTS: Your Changing Brain – The owner’s manual to your mind. Rick Watson, CEO DRS Health Group.

Don’t forget to invite your friends, family, groups, neighbors and medical professionals!

The IDA Team
Invisible Disabilities Association
http://www.InvisibleDisabilities.org/

RELATED ARTICLES

Free Online Disability Expo with IDA

IDA Presents Live Chats with Our Experts September 27th

 

About

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!

What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help People Living with Illness and Pain

Ask anyone living with illness or pain and they will probably be eager to share what many people have said to them over the years that they didn’t feel was very encouraging. In fact, many will tell you that they were very hurt by something someone said.

It is true, that some people in this world may say something that is intentionally judgmental or negative. Nonetheless, we believe that in many cases, friends and family really do want to be supportive, but simply don’t know how.

Some people choose to ignore the issue or person; some toss out platitudes like simple fix-its and others share what they feel is the right thing to say with an expectation that it will be met with appreciation for their insight. However, loved ones often they find themselves perplexed or even angry when instead of being elated by the comment, their friend or family member is clearly frustrated by what was said. Sadly, these encounters can lead to the breaking down of communication and the relationship as a whole.

IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell and his wife, Sherri, know all too well how relationships can suffer or even end. Wayne believes that loved ones need to learn what he calls, “The Language of Invisible Disabilities.” People can learn these communication and support skills by learning what to say and what not to say and why.

When they can discover why a certain comment or suggestion is not well received, they can gain a better understanding of their loved one’s perspective. This allows them to ascertain how and why certain comments may cause their loved one to feel misunderstood, judged or as if their situation, losses and perseverance are being minimized. As a result, they can move on to learning what kinds of interchange and assistance gives hope, encouragement and the strength to keep fighting.

 All of these things are addressed in IDA’s book, But You LOOK Good! How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain, written by Wayne and Sherri (all proceeds go to IDA).

This book gives practical tips on what to say, what not to say and how to help. It also gives insight into why, we as humans, often respond the way we do to debilitating conditions that are not readily obvious. It shares how we may protect ourselves and try to protect our loved one with denial. And it explains how a loved one may appear as if they do not care, when in fact they do. Yet, they just find it too painful to acknowledge the situation, because they don’t want to see their loved one suffer. These points not only help friends and family, but they also help those living with illness or pain better grasp where their loved one is coming from as well. These are the first steps to restoring relationships.

The video below is from the Online Seminar, What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help People Living with Illness and Pain with Wayne and Sherri Connell. It was presented during the 2012 National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week (NICIAW), founded by Lisa Copen. Wayne and Sherri were Special Guests for the NICIAW Seminar, Invisible Disabilities and the Husband as Caregiver in 2010 that was also featured in 2011. IDA has been involved in the NICIAW week since it’s inception in 2002.

RELATED ARTICLES

Chronic Illness Tips: 263 ways to more than “just get by.” Available to download for FREE! Tips adapted  from IDA’s booklet, But You LOOK Good!  into a collaborative project by NICIAW Founder, Lisa Copen.

FREE Chronic Illness Tips eBook with IDA Founder. Chronic Illness Tips: 263 ways to do more than “just get by.” Lisa Copen and Friends. Rest Ministries.

IDA Founder Guest Speaker for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. IDA Press Release. July 15, 2012.

Invisible Disabilities and the Husband as Caregiver. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell. Interviewed by Lisa Copen on BlogTalk RadioNational Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week Online Seminar. September 16, 2010. Featured again September 2011. Listen Here

What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help with Wayne and Sherri Connell. Online Conference Guest Speakers for the National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. Founded by Lisa Copen of Rest Ministries. Video. September 10, 2012

About

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!

Free Online Disability Expo with IDA September 27, 2012

UPDATE September 28: This Expo will be available on-demand through December 26, 2012.

Press Release

IDA Teams Up with Allsup for a FREE and Online True Help® Disability Web Expo

Parker, CO – July 16, 2012. There will be more than a dozen leading nonprofit organizations presenting, including the Invisible Disabilities Association and Allsup.

Virtual booths with experts in health, Social Security Disability Insurance, financial planning, Medicare and health insurance will be available to provide screening services, answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

This free online event will support the specific needs and interests of people with disabilities and chronic illness. Caregivers, healthcare providers and the general public also are encouraged to attend.

Network with others, register for prizes, make your voice heard in the live chats, and more!

This is a FREE One-Day Live, Online Event Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012:

7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (PST) / 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (MST) / 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (CST) / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m (EST)

The Invisible Disabilities Association Booth Will Include:

  • Front Desk
  • About IDA
  • Encouragement and Education
  • Invisible No More TV
  • Videos, Handouts and Pamphlets
  • 6 Live Chats with Experts

Don’t Miss the Live Chats with Our Experts: Based on Central Standard Time

  • 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Making the Most of Your Web Expo Experience. Allsup.
  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Ready, Set, Thrive – Nine new rules for engaging change and managing stress. Jeff Vankooten, Speaker, Trainer and  IDA Executive Board Member who lives with Bipolar Disorder.
  • Noon – 12:50 p.m. 7 Realities of the Invisible Becoming Visible. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell. 
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Communication Do’s and Don’ts for People with Disabilities. Kathe Skinner, MA, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist and IDA Executive Board Member. Kathe also lives with Multiple Sclerosis. She and her husband, David specialize in counseling couples with a spouse living with chronic illness.
All Available Booths:
Invisible Disabilities Association / Allsup – Help with Social Security Disability and Medicare / AAPD /American Parkinson Disease Association /Arthritis Foundation /Brain Injury Association of America /The Mended Hearts, Inc. / National Alliance on Mental Illness / National Family Caregivers Association / National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association / National Multiple Sclerosis Society /National Stroke Association / National Spinal Cord Injury Association / NORD – National Organization for Rare Diseases

Register Here - It’s free!

IMPORTANT! After you register for the expo, go to the “Empowerment Hall” where IDA’s Booth will be. That is where you will find all of our information, videos and 6 Live Chats! Hoover over the booths with your mouse to find our booth and click on it!

Print Our Flyer - Share with your groups, friends, family, doctors, nurses and caregivers!

Help Raise $1,000 for IDA in September – Share your thoughts on how others can encourage you on your journey! Click the link for details!

This expo is open to all living with chronic illness, pain, injury, disability and their loved ones, as well as medical professionals and all who want to learn more about these subjects.

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

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.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

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!

IDA Founder Guest Speaker for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week September 2012

UPDATE September 16: The 2012 Conference Seminars will be available on the NICIAW Website through July 2013. IDA’s Seminar will be available on our website indefinitely.

Press Release

IDA Founder Guest Speaker for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week September 2012

Parker, CO – July 15, 2012 – The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) Founder and President, Wayne Connell and his bride, Sherri were invited back to be guest speakers again for the upcoming 2012 National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week (NICIAW).

Don’t miss the week’s FREE Online Seminars, other activities and offers September 10 – 16.

Monday September 10 at 10 am MST: Wayne and Sherri will be discussing What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help Someone Living with Illness and Pain. This year, the interview will be by video!

IDA has been involved in the NICIAW since its inception in 2002. We have sponsored and helped get the word out. We have also participated in the online seminars by giving presentations on “But You LOOK Good,” “How Can I Make People Understand” and “What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help.”

In 2010, Wayne and Sherri were Guest Speakers for a podcast interview, “Invisible disabilities and the Husband as Caregiver” that was broadcast live. In 2011, it was featured again during the week’s events.

Also in 2010, Wayne shared tips that were adapted from IDA’s book, But You LOOK Good! and published into a collaborative project. NICIAW Founder and Author, Lisa Copen compiled a helpful, 80 page ebook, Chronic Illness Tips: 263 ways to more than “just get by.” This book is available to download for FREE!

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is an official annual campaign sponsored by Rest Ministries in collaboration with other sponsors. This year, the NICIAW will provide both audio and video seminars, handouts, articles, blogs, posters and more!

Print and Distribute Our Press Release to your friends, family, support groups, doctors, nurses and neighbors!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

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.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

ADDITIONAL RELATED RESOURCES

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week Online Seminar. Lisa Copen interviewed IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell on BlogTalk Radio. September 16, 2010 and September 2011. Listen Here

Chronic Illness Tips: 263 ways to more than “just get by.” Available to download for FREE! Tips adapted  from IDA’s booklet, “But You LOOK Good!”  into a collaborative project by NICIAW Founder, Lisa Copen.

Invisible Illness and Finding Support. Guest Speakers IDA Founder Wayne Connell and his wife, Sherri. 2010 and 2011 National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week.

IDA Featured During National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week 2010 and 2011

About

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!

CEO of MasTec Helps Employee with Fibromyalgia on Undercover Boss

Jose Mas CEO MasTec Screenshot from CBS Undercover Boss

Jose Mas, CEO of MasTec, Inc. helped an employee with Fibromyalgia on the Undercover Boss show, which aired on May  11, 2012.

Jose found out one of his employees, Wendy, lives with Fibromyalgia. Wendy told Jose when he was under cover that she felt like she had lost her smile, due to damage from medications she uses for Fibromyalgia. Jose not only gave her the time off to get her teeth fixed, but said he was also willing to pay the full costs to get them fixed, no matter if it totaled $20 – $25,000.

Wendy’s husband also works for MasTec and she had shared with Jose that they are struggling with $30 – $35,000 in debt. So, Jose gave them $30,000 to pay off their current debts.

Jose told Wendy, “I am going to give you $30,000 so you can feel good about having your teeth done and don’t have to feel that is taking away from something else.”

Clip from Undercover Boss. Watch Full Episode.

About

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!

CEO of FastSigns Helps Families Battling Illness on Undercover Boss

Catherine Monson, CEO FASTSIGNS. Screenshot CBS Undercover Boss Video

Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS was very generous to her employees on Undercover Boss, which aired on May 5, 2012.

One of FASTSIGN’s employes, Sheldon, is engaged to be married. His fiance, Michelle has battled cancer, a collapsed lung and has undergone radiation and chemo. Sheldon shared when Catherine was undercover that they are struggling financially to afford a wedding and to pay her medical bills.

At the end of the show, when Catherine revealed her identity, she told Sheldon she wanted them to have the “Honeymoon of your dreams.” She gave them $10,000. Catherine brought up Sheldon’s loyalty to Michelle and he said, “That’s what you sign up for. For better or for worse.”

Catherine told him that she wanted to also give him $50,000 to pay their medical bills. She said, “It would be my dream that I could sometime in my future find a man who would stand by me, like you’ve stood by Michelle.” Sheldon replied, “Well, everyone should have somebody like that.”

Catherine also gave $15,000 to one of her employees, Scott, so that he and his wife, Julie can spend more time at home with Julie, who has Multiple Sclerosis and their daughter Maya. She also gave them $10,000 to help with future college expenses for Maya.

Catherine’s brother, Charles Monson, was in a surfing accident when he was 16 years old, which resulted in a broken neck and paralysis from the shoulders down. Charles is the Founder of Wheels of Mercy, a non-profit organization that provides wheelchairs and walkers to those who need them!

Thank you, Catherine, for being so giving to your employees! And, thank you, Charles, for reaching out to help others in need!

Clip from Undercover Boss. Watch full episode here.

About

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!

Teresa Giudice Wins 60K in Honor of Child with Kidney Disease

Screenshot from Celebrity Apprentice Interview

New York Times best-selling author and reality TV star, Teresa Giudice, is now a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ Season 5. Teresa appeared on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality television show and is the author of “Skinny Italian” (Hyperion) and “Fabulicious!

Teresa is there to raise money for her charity, The NephCure Foundation (NFC), which researches the cause, improved treatment and cure for the potentially debilitating kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Nephrotic Syndrome.

“Teresa first encountered The NephCure at a charity event when she met a young boy who was suffering from an incurable kidney disease. As a mother herself, Teresa was emotionally affected by this boy’s story and was shocked to learn that the cause of many kidney diseases is still unknown” (Celebrity Apprentice).

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) has had direct experience with two amazing men battling FSGS,  Ed Hearn and  Jason Graham.

Ed is a NY Mets World Series Champion, Author, Speaker and NCF Ambassador. Ed was the Keynote Speaker for the 2010 IDA Honor Awards Banquet. He was also the recipient of the 2010 IDA Perseverance Award. Ed’s message was extremely inspirational, as Ed has had three kidney transplants and several bouts with cancer. Read more about Ed and watch his incredible keynote, “Keep Swingin” right here on IDA.

Jason was the recipient of the 2010 IDA Inspiration Award. Jason battled kidney disease that led to a kidney transplant that failed. He was in need of another, when his health quickly diminished. Jason put up an amazing fight for many years. Tragically, he lost his life in 2011, when he also developed a rare cancerous brain tumor. Read more about Jason and watch his very touching award acceptance speech right here on IDA.

On the April episode of Celebrity Apprentice, Teresa became the Project Manager. The task was for the two teams to create a a 60 second commercial for Entertainment.com. She won $20,000 from Celebrity Apprentice and $30,000 from Entertainment.com.

Other celebrities who have participated in Season 5: Adam CarollaArsenio Hall, Aubrey O’Day, Cheryl Tiegs, Clay Aiken, Dayana Mendoza, Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider, George Takei, Lisa Lampanelli, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Andretti, Patricia Velasquez, Paul Teutul, Sr., Penn Jillette, Teresa Giudice, Tia Carrere, Victoria Gotti.

UPDATE 5/6/12 – Clay Aiken makes it into the Final Three of Celebrity Apprentice. Clay and project manager, Lisa Lampanelli won the last task. On the other team, with Arsenio Hall and Aubrey O’Day, Teresa Giudice was their project manager and was sent home. The four remaining contestants were immediately sent into one on one interviews with former Celebrity Apprentice contestants Country Singer John Rich (Season 4 Winner) and Actress Marlee Matlin (Season 4 Runner Up). When the final four returned to the boardroom, Lisa Lampanelli was fired.


Teresa talks about her charity, The NephCure Foundation


A clip from the task that Teresa took on as Project Manager

ARTICLE RESOURCES

Celebrity Apprentice. NBC.com

Teresa Giudice’s Charity. Celebrity Apprentice. NBC.com. Season 5.

Melville Boy Gets a Lift from ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’

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About

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!

Celebrity Apprentice: Clay Aiken is Runner Up

Clay Aiken Screenshot from NBC Celebrity Apprentice Video

Clay Aiken was not chosen by Donald Trump to be this season’s Celebrity Apprentice.

May 20, 2012. Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall, along with their teams, were asked to create a celebrity variety show and a 30-second public service announcement (PSA). Clay and his team took on a carnival theme for their room and their show consisted of singing from Clay, Aubrey O’DayDebbie Gibson and Dee SniderPenn Jillette also did a magic act, alongside of his guest, Teller. The PSA was a very impacting spot about his charity, the National Inclusion Project (NIP). Clay and his team raised and impressive $301,000 for the NIP.

Although Arsenio and his team raised less than Clay’s ($167,000), Donald Trump chose Arsenio to be the Celebrity Apprentice. Earlier in the season, Arsenio raised $105,000 versus $60,000 for Clay.

Arsenio’s charity, the Magic Johnson Foundation not only received what he raised during his task, but also the $250,000 prize for winning. Congratulations Arsenio and MJF!

Clay’s PSA for the National Inclusion Project.

UPDATE 5/13/12 – Clay Aiken makes it into the Finals of Celebrity Apprentice. Aubrey O’Day is fired, leaving Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall to battle it out in the finals. Clay and Arsenio are giving their tasks to raise money for their charities by planning, producing and starring in a fundraising event. They were given the opportunity to choose from a group of former Celebrity Apprentice contestants.

Clay’s Team: Aubrey O’DayDebbie Gibson, Dee Snider and Penn Jillette.

Arsenio’s Team: Adam Carolla, Lisa Lampanelli, Paul Teutul, Sr. and Teresa Giudice.

UPDATE 5/6/12 – Clay Aiken makes it into the Final Three of Celebrity Apprentice. Clay and project manager, Lisa Lampanelli won the last task. On the other team, with Arsenio Hall and Aubrey O’Day, Teresa Giudice was their project manager and was sent home. The four remaining contestants were immediately sent into one on one interviews with former Celebrity Apprentice contestants Country Singer John Rich (Season 4 Winner) and Actress Marlee Matlin (Season 4 Runner Up). When the final four returned to the boardroom, Lisa Lampanelli was fired.

Clay Aiken Screenshot Celebrity Apprentice Video

Clay Aiken on the Celebrity Apprentice for Kids with Disabilities

March 30, 2012. Clay Aiken, first runner up on ‘American Idol’ Season 2 in 2003 is now a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ Season 5. He is there to raise money for his charity, the National Inclusion Project.

Clay shared:

The National Inclusion Project is an organization that I helped start about eight years ago. I used to see kids with disabilities get kicked out of programs or not be allowed to go to a summer camp that I was working at because they had Autism or a little boy or girl had Cerebral Palsy and they didn’t have the ability to work with them at the summer camp. In our social settings. We do segregate. We don’t include individuals with disabilities in workplaces oftentimes and almost always,  unfortunately, in extra-curricular programs. So we work with university to help create a curriculum that teaches people how to include kids with disabilities and without disabilities in service learning projects. So, inclusive groups of kids, teenagers, will work together to do stuff in their community. We are sort of a service organization that serves other non-profits in a way (Video: Clay Aiken’s Charity).

For his first task as Project Manager ,the show that aired on March 25th, the teams were asked to throw a party for Crystal Light’s new “mocktail” beverages. For the men’s team, Unanimous, Clay volunteered to be Project Manager. For the women’s team, Forte, Aubrey O’Day was the Project Manager.

Clay and his team chose to highlight the Peach Bellini flavor and use the tagline, “Life’s a Peach.” Their party had a beach-theme, complete with sand, island music and tikki-bars. Special guests, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb showed up to the party and when the Crystal Light Executives arrived, Clay sang, “Under the Boardwalk.”

Although the contest seemed to be close, Team Unanimous was chosen as the winners. As their reward, Clay’s charity was to be given $20,000 from the show. As an added bonus, Crystal Light also contributed $30,000, making Clay’s contribution to his charity, $50,000.

Other celebrities who have participated in Season 5: Adam CarollaArsenio Hall, Aubrey O’Day, Cheryl Tiegs, Clay Aiken, Dayana Mendoza, Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider, George Takei, Lisa Lampanelli, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Andretti, Patricia Velasquez, Paul Teutul, Sr., Penn Jillette, Teresa Giudice, Tia Carrere, Victoria Gotti.

Clay Aiken’s Charity

Life’s a Peach

ARTICLE RESOURCES

American Idol

Celebrity Apprentice

Clay Aiken

Crystal Light

National Inclusion Project

Video: Life’s a Peach. Celebrity Apprentice. Season 5. 2012.

Video: Clay Aiken’s Charity. Celebrity Apprentice. Season 5. 2012.

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About

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!

‘American Idol’ Contestant, Heejun Han Loves Working with Special Needs Children

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Season 11 ‘American Idol’ contestant, 22 year old Heejun Han is originally from Korea and now lives in Flushing, New York. Heejun said:

I was inspired to do this audition, because I work at a non-profit organization for kids with special needs. I wanted to prove to them that if you really, really want something and you really really believe in it, you can be someone” (Heejun’s Interview After His First Audition).

Later in the competition, Heejun admitted:

I had a bad depression, but the kids and the organization just pulled me out from there, so I just had to give something back to them. Without those kids I wouldn’t even have motivation to come out here and do all this kind of stuff. I’m not only doing this for myself. I could say that 100%, this is for the kids and it just makes me so happy” (Sing for Your Life – Heejun Han).

Heejun auditioned for ‘American Idol’ in Pittsburgh. Before his auditions, Heejun said about the other contestants, “I thought I was a little good, but they’re just crazy good” (Audition in Pittsburgh). Heejun sang, “How am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Michael Bolton.

He seemed a bit nervous, but delivered a very smooth and heartfelt song and the judges were absolutely impressed! Steven said, “Heejun, man, you sing great” Jennifer agreed, “You have a beautiful voice! I love you!” and Randy added, “On a serious note. I am really impressed and shocked!” Steven chimed in again with, “Ya, I think you’re really great. I think you could be an ‘American Idol.” Heejun was taken back by the comments and said, “Wow! Nobody told me that kind of stuff!” (Heejun’s Audition in Pittsburgh).

All three judges, Randy JacksonJennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler sent Heejun straight to Hollywood!

Heejun has a very dry and sarcastic sense of humor, talking about everything from the other contestants being so talented to how “pretty” and good looking they are. He said in Hollywood:

I got here and everyone’s SO tall, SO pretty. Even the guys are so pretty, I don’t know why. I don’t know what they eat, but they’re so good looking!

At one point, Ryan Seacrest asked him what he was sweating in the competition. Heejun answered, “Mostly water.”

Heejun seemed to sail right through Hollywood week, except for his personality clashes with country singer, Richie Law. Although the group seemed to be challenged, their performance got them all onto the next round. Again, Heejun’s dry sense of humor came out as he talked about the “cowboy” in his group. Nonetheless, he did apologize to Richie and his parents for his behavior on camera.

Heejun made it in the Top 24.  During his interview he talked about how excited his mom was when he told her the news! Then Heejun added:

The greatest thing that I am worrying about is a “stereo-type” that they’re going to have towards me; like an Asian stereo-type. But I hope I can break that. And if they can just see me as a singer, not as a type of person. Don’t watch the music, but listen to the music. You know?”

Heejun, we think every person has something unique and special about them. There is only one you; embrace all you have been given and all you are!

UPDATE 3/29/12 – Sad to report that Heejun was sent home tonight. He was in the Bottom 3 with Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine. We are sad to see you, go Heejun! Congratulations for making it to the Top 9, for staying true to yourself and for encouraging those around you to reach out to others!

Heejun said during his Curtain Call Interview:

The reason I started out this competition was to prove that if you truly believe in yourself you can become someone regardless of who you are. And if you do something for others, the outcome is something beyond imagination. I hope I impacted at least one person. So, go out there and help other people, because they’re not far away, they are right next to you in your neighborhood. Alright guys! Stay crazy, stay humble, stay cool, stay relaxed, stay who you are … cuz this is just the beginning. Let’s do this together again!

UPDATE 3/28/12 – After Heejun had been given lots of flack about his not “taking the competition seriously,” he came back full force. Heejun won’t stop being entertaining self, but the judges and mentors encouraged him to get serious and show what he can do. So, Heejun did just that with this very appropriate song and message, “A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway during the Top 9 performance show. The judges loved it.

UPDATE 3/22/12 – Heejun was in the Bottom 3 this week for the first time. Joining him was DeAndre Brackenstick and Erika Van Pelt. Although Erika belted out an amazing vocal and the judges loved it, she was sent home.

UPDATE 3/21/12 – The Top 10 perform. Heejun broke way out of his ballad streak and took over the stage. It was Billy Joel night and Heejun sang, “My Life.” The judges thought it was entertaining and fun, but didn’t show off his voice as they know he can sing.

UPDATE 3/15/12 – Although during the performance night, Randy pegged Heejun for being at risk for going home, Heejun was not even in the Bottom 3. Instead, Heejun made it into the coveted Top 10, allowing him to go on the American Idol tour.

UPDATE 3/14/12 – Heejun sang, “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx at the Top 11 show.

This show turned out to be the Top 11, because Jermaine Jones was removed from the competition for not having been forthright about his past history with four outstanding warrants from the police. According to the Huffington Post, three were for giving the police a false name (once when they responded to a fight, once from when he was riding in a car that was pulled over and another time when he was driving with a suspended license). The other was for not showing up for a court date.

UPDATE 3/8/12 – Out of the Top 13 (7 guys and 6 gals), Heejun was not in the bottom 6 (3 guys, 3 gals). He whisked right through again!

UPDATE 3/7/12 – Heejun sang, “All In Love is Fair” by Stevie Wonder for the Top 13 Performance night. Jennifer said, “I love you! I loved you from the first time you sang for me and I still love you now. ” Steven said, “Heejun! Fantastic! I love your voice, man. Somethin’ about it’s real special. Keep it up.” Randy added, “Dude! It wasn’t perfect, but it was REALLY good!”

UPDATE 3/1/12 – Heejun made it into the Top 10 by America’s votes! Joining him are Colton Dixon, Elise Testone, Hollie Cavanagh, Jermaine Jones, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Shannon Magrane and Skylar Laine. Then the judges let six more kids “sing for their lives.” The judges each picked one more contestant to join the Top 10, to make a Top 13: Jeremy Rosado, Erika Van Pelt and Deandre Brackensick.

UPDATE 2/28/12 – Heejun sang, “I’m Loving Angels Instead” by Jessica Simpson. Heejun did a great job! The judges agreed, but commented that the song didn’t show off all of his capabilities. As promised, an additional male vocalist was added to the round. Formerly disqualified, Jermaine Jones was asked to return for another chance. On Wednesday, the Top 12 girls will have a chance to sing. On Thursday, the Top 25 (previously the Top 24) will be narrowed down to the Top 12. Ten will be chosen by America’s votes and two by the judges.

UPDATE 2/23/12 – Heejun sails into the Top 24 with his rendition of “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel.

Also going into the Semi-Finals are Aaron Marcellus, Adam Brock, Baylie Brown, Brielle Von Hugel, Chase Likens, Chelsea Sorrell, Colton Dixon, Creighton Fraker, Deandre Brackensick, Eben Franckewitz, Elise Teston, Erika Van Pelt, Haley Johnsen, Hallie Day, Hollie Cavanagh, Jen Hirsh, Jeremy Rosado, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Reed Grimm, Shannon Magrane, Skylar Laine. On Tuesday February 28th, they will be announcing a Surprise Save, as they add another boy into the Semi-Finals who was previously sent home.

UPDATE 2/16/12 – Heejun moved on to the next rounds as the contestants went from 70 to 42.

UPDATE 2/15/12 – Heejun survived Hollywood week and moved on to Las Vegas!

UPDATE 2/15/12 – Heejun made it through group rounds! 97 other contestants joined him, including Jennifer Malsh, Cari Quoyeser, Reed Grimm, Nick Boddingtom, Creighton Fraker, Aaron Marcellus, Jen Hirsh, Shannon Magrane, Joshua Ledet, Brielle Von Hugel, Amber Holcomb, Mathenee Treco, Ariel Sprague, Eben Franckewitz, David Leathers, Jr., Jeremy Rosado, Gabi Carrubba, Johnny Keyser, Heejun Han, Jairon Jackson, Richie Law, Phillip Phillips, Colton Dixon, Adam Brock, Skylar Laine and many more.

VIDEOS:


Heejun’s Farewell Message

Heejun sings, “A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway during the Top 9 performance show

Heejun in the Top 10 Singing, “My Life” by Billy Joel.


Heejun in the Top 11 Singing, “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx.


Heejun Han in 60 Seconds


Heejun Singing “All In Love is Fair” by Stevie Wonder During the Top 13 Performance Show


Top 13 Group Singing “As” by Stevie Wonder.


Recap of Top 13 Performance Night


Heejun’s Interview After Making it Into the Top 13


Heejun sings, “Angels” by Jessica Simpson in the Top 24


Recap of Top 12 Guys, Plus the Surprise Addition of Jermaine.

Heejun Han Interview After Being Selected for the Top 24.


Heejun’s Interview and Solo in Las Vegas, Before the Top 24 was Announced. Heejun sang, “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel.


Las Vegas Round – “I Only Have Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos. Neco Starr, Jairon Jackson, Heejun Han and Phillip Phillips.


MIT aka “Most International Team” Group Night in Hollywood Singing, “Broken Strings” by James Morrison. Richie Law, Jairon Jackson, Heejun Han and Phillip Phillips.



Recap of Hollywood Week – Group Night


Hollywood Week – Round 1


Hollywood Week – Moments That Make You Smile


Heejun’s Interview After His First Audition.


Heejun’s Audition in Pittsburgh. A Must See!


Recap of Pittsburgh Auditions

ARTICLE RESOURCES:

Quotes from Videos Posted on This Page.

Photo: Screenshot from ‘American Idol’ Audition Video. Copyright ‘American Idol.’

American Idol Official Website

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Heejun Han’s Facebook Page

MilAl Mission in New York

ADDITIONAL STORIES on IDA:

Shelby Tweten, Teen with Bipolar on ‘American Idol.’

Living with Asperger’s and Tourette’s: James Durbin Contestant on ‘American Idol.’

Living with TBI: ‘American Idol’ Contestant, Chris Medina, Stands by Fiance

About

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!

George Clooney Battles Pain, Insomnia and Bouts of Loneliness

George Clooney Actors Guild Awards - dreamstime.com

 Most of us can only imagine what it would be like to be famous; to have no worries about money, the best medical care, pampering at the spa, lots of vacations, lots of friends and a beautiful home with a cook and a housekeeper. So, what could a star possibly have to complain about?

Turns out, as successful as George Clooney is, he is still human. A few days ago, The Hollywood Reporter published that Clooney revealed he is battling pain, insomnia and bouts of loneliness.

LifelineLIVE wrote, “The suave star, 50, shares — in an in-depth profile — that, for all his fame and fortune, he’s got his fears and troubles, including battling Bell’s palsy at age 14 and still coping with pain from a back accident on 2005′s Syriana.”

According to HollyscoopTV,“The actor has spoken before about the pain he suffered in 2005 from a leak in his spinal cord that was so intense he contemplated suicide.”

When talking about his insomnia, Clooney said:

‘Turning off the television causes me to think, and once I start that vision roaring, I have a very tough time getting to sleep.’ With the flickering screen, ‘I’m able to numb out.’ Even then, ‘Without question, I wake every night five times’ (The Hollywood Reporter).

One thing we noticed about some of the comments made about Clooney by reporters and readers, they often asked why he did not just use Tylenol PM or alternative treatments such as acupuncture. Therefore, it appears even celebrities, who have access to all kinds of doctors and treatments, still have people assuming they have not tried anything or done anything about their condition. Most likely Clooney has tried these things and more. Nevertheless, as many with chronic conditions quickly discover, some things work for some people, but not for others.

George Clooney Reveals His Secret Pain from HollyscoopTV

ARTICLE RESOURCES

George Clooney: The Private Life of a Superstar. Stephen Galloway. The Hollywood Reporter. February 12, 2012.

George Clooney: Lonely, can’t sleep, battling chronic pain. Ann Oldenburg. LifelineLIVE. USAToday. February 17, 2012.

Video. George Clooney Reveals His Secret Pain. Stephanie Bauer. HollyscoopTV. February 17, 2012.

Photo of George Clooney. LOS ANGELES – JAN 29: George Clooney arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Copyright dreamstime.com.

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Former Professional Baseball Player, Ed Hearn, Battles Kidney Disease

George Clooney Battles Pain, Insomnia and Bouts of Loneliness

Hit Country Singer, Trace Adkins, Brings Awareness to Food Allergies

IDA Keynote Speaker, Luis Carlos Montalván on David Letterman

Kathy Buckley, Comedian, Actress, Motivational Speaker

Rocker Bret Michaels Lives with Type 1 Diabetes

Tim Tebow Makes a Difference for Youth Living with Illness and Injury

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