96% of Chronic Illnesses are Invisible--meaning "You Don't Look Sick!"

I don't know about you, but I was shocked to discover nearly 1 out of every 2 people in our country have some type of chronic illness.

Even more shocking is that 96% of those illnesses are "invisible," which of course leads to the oft-heard phrase, "But you don't look sick!"

Chronic illness is tough and stressful. People with chronic illness are more prone to depression. (That seems understandable to me; sick people aren't usually naturally perky.) The divorce rate among those with chronic illness is a whoppin 75%. (Spouses of sick people aren't usually that perky either.)

So...all that to say we who live with chronic illness could use some encouragement. Something to smile about!

I am hoping Laughter for the Sick & Tired, the companion book to Sick & Tired, will do just that. I'm hoping this little book will end up in doctor's offices and hospital waiting rooms, ready to give sick, tired (and bored!) people a little dose of funny to help them get through the day. If you think your doctor's office would be willing to put a copy in their waiting room, PLEASE sign up for my newsletter at
to find out how you can get free autographed copies for them, and a free thank-you copy for you!

I also got some tote bags, but rather than tell you about them, I'll show you!

(Side note: This video was made for the home page on my website, 
so when I talk about signing up on the right, that's at

I am so excited about these books. I really think they will help people...
1. Feel validated
2. Know they are not alone
3. Have hope that they can live well despite chronic illness
4. Choose joy

Will you help me spread the word about these books to those who need them? If those statistics are true, there are over 100 million people in the US who are sick, so it's likely that pretty much everyone you know either has some kind of illness or loves someone who does. That's a lot of people. I can't reach them all, but with your help, we can sure reach a bunch!

You can look below and see little options for sharing on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and more. If you share this post on any or all of the options, Thank You!

Here's a little sample from Laughter, just for fun...

From Real Medical Charts (supposedly):

*The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.

*The skin was moist and dry.

*She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until 1989 when she got a divorce.

*The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.

*The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week.[i]

I hope you choose joy today!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.