Category: Invisible illness

Carole’s Church Story

Today we’re meeting Carole. She’s 69 years old and has a bunch of chronic illnesses that require daily management. She first got sick at the age of 31, which means she has been unwell for nearly 40 years. Can you imagine that?!   Carole, welcome to our Build a Bridge Interview Series! It’s an honour …

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Hosea’s Story – Multiple Myeloma

Introducing Hosea! Age: 66 Chronic Illness: I’m hampered by Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma cells. I was diagnosed sixteen years ago, and by the grace of God, I’ve been a survivor since then. There is no cure for Myeloma, and there is always a risk that it will return in full bloom. …

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Ally’s Story – JHS, POTS

Introducing Ally! This might surprise you, but Ally is only 17 years old… That’s right! How’s that for crushing the stereotypes? It’s easy to assume that chronic illness is just an “old person” thing, but many young people manage ongoing and debilitating health conditions too. Let’s hear from one of them now…    Ally’s church …

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Invisible Illness Myth #2 – Infographic

And here’s the second one! Just in the nick of time – Invisible Illness Awareness Week ends tomorrow. The other infographics will have to wait till Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2017… Feedback Noticed a factual error? Please kindly let me know here on the Fruitful Today Facebook page. Follow If you’d like to receive notification …

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Invisible Illness Myth #1 – Infographic

So I’ve finally got my first infographic done. Only took me a year! (Ugh.) The plan is to make a series of infographics that help raise awareness about invisible illnesses. It may take another year or two to get them all done at the rate I’m working! But this is a start… Feedback Noticed a …

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Kristy’s Story – ME/CFS

Introducing Kristy! Age: 38 Chronic illness: I’ve had a severe case of ME/CFS for almost 4 years For how long have you been a Christian? I’ve believed in God my whole life; but I’d say age 14 was a turning point for me, in terms of calling the faith my own and making a personal …

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Why ‘Sick Mummies’ Don’t Need to Feel Guilty

Mummy guilt… I think we’ve all felt it at some point! Mothers with chronic illnesses may have an extra layer of Mummy Guilt. We feel guilty about our illness and wonder how it might be affecting our children’s well-being. This Mother’s Day, I want to encourage sick mummies to remember: we still have a lot …

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My Letter to ME/CFS

  Dear chronic fatigue syndrome, I need to get a few things off my chest. First of all, you need to change your name. You have a confusing name. Life with you involves much more than just feeling tired all the time. Plus, your name doesn’t even have capital letters, but your acronym has extra …

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