In Recognition of National Autism Awarness Month – April What is Autism? According to the Autism Society, “Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is […]
As many of you know, my husband has been in and out of the hospital since last October. He is battling a rare form of lymphoma in his brain called PTLD. During this time, I have received a lot of generous support, wonderful encouragement, and helpful suggestions from family, friends, and even strangers. People have […]
The mission of the Invisible Disabilities Association is to encourage, educate and connect people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability. The term “touched by” is for both the caregiver (friend, family member, co-worker, healthcare worker, doctor, etc.) and the loved one living with the illness, pain or disability. In order to “encourage” we […]
Loma Linda University’s Department of Psychology (LLU) is conducting a study regarding a parent’s pain and the effects on the oldest child. Chronic illness and pain can not only affect the life of the person living with it, but also those around them. Throughout the years, many parents have expressed concerns in our support groups about their limitations […]
The brain is our most complicated and essential organ in our body. It’s essentially just three pounds of mostly fat nestled between our ears. It defines who we are, and controls every aspect of our life. It influences how we perceive our world around us and it is affected by that world at the same time.
The goal of this blog is to talk about all things cognitive…mental processes, emotional responses, brain health and fitness. We cover things that go right and things that go wrong with our brains, and—where possible—we’ll cover things that you can do to make the rights-things better and the wrongs not-so-bad.
Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN Hall of Fame Speaker, Nurse and Humorist shares a few heartfelt personal stories of her own. Karyn is the creator of the Journal of Nursing Jocularity, the President of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and an IDA Advisory Board Member. Finding Humor in Difficult Times by Karyn Buxman, RN, […]
Online Seminar. September 16, 2010. Special Guest, Wayne Connell, Founder and President of Invisible Disabilities Association. Wayne’s wife, Sherri is the inspiration for IDA, as she lives with invisible disabilities. Therefore, Wayne and IDA’s leadership team strives to help others who struggle with disabilities. Sherri, joined Wayne for the interview. They talked about the challenges of living […]
Written by Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN. A personal story about her son’s struggle with an invisible disability. KarynBuxman.com Copyright 2009. Article written for the Invisible Disabilities Association by Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN. Karyn is a Hall of Fame Speaker, Nurse and Humorist. She is the creator of the Journal of Nursing Jocularity, the President of the […]
Christina J. Werdebaugh shares about the wonderful benefits of leading or participating in support groups, in addition to the challenges. Christina lives with debilitating Interstitial Cystitis (IC) and is the Director and Support Group Leader of the West Virginia IC Resource Center. Audio aired in 2008 for The National Chronic Illness Awareness Week’s Online Seminars. […]
Naomi Kingery was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the young age of 12. It was then she felt moved to be reach out with other teens living with chronic illness. Naomi is the author of Sugar Free me. www.livetolovediabetes.com Audio aired in 2009 for The National Chronic Illness Awareness Week’s Online Seminars. NICIAW provides Online Seminars M-F […]
Jolene Phillo is the author of A Different Dream for My Child. Jolene seeks to encourage parents and family members of chronically ill children, as she addresses their emotional and spiritual needs. www.JolenePhilo.com Audio aired in 2009 for The National Chronic Illness Awareness Week’s Online Seminars. NICIAW provides Online Seminars M-F once a year in September on […]
Jenni Prokopy talks about her view on saying yes to those activities and people around us who are healthy for us, as well as saying no to those that are not. In 2005, Jenni started ChronicBabe.com for younger women, who like herself are dealing with some sort of illness challenge. Jennis is a writer, speaker and publisher. www.ChronicBabe.com Audio aired in […]
Laurie Edwards is the author of Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties. She is also a writing teacher in Boston. She has lived with chronic challenges since she was a child and loves to reach out to other young people to discuss dating, college and relationships. www.AChronicDose.com Audio aired […]