Invisible Illness Awareness

- Invisible Disability and Illness Awareness -

Discover what I and other collaborative local NZ businesses have worked on. 

If you have read my 'about Pixie' story then you would have also read that I struggle with illnesses that can sometimes impact my daily life. For myself and others, we call these chronic and invisible illnesses and disabilities because you often cannot see the struggle of either physical or mental health. They can impact lives in quite significant and different ways, and may not be so obvious to many.

So because of this, I believe there needs to be more awareness, empowerment and conversations surrounding the conditions, illnesses and disabilities to hopefully aid, support, educate, to lend a voice to those who may not be able to express the words they may feel. I might be talking about you, your siblings, your parents, your grandparents, your friends, or your colleagues. All of which have a right for their story to be heard. And we want those stories told. 

My end goal, of course, is way bigger than this - more on that a bit later, but for now, if you would like something small to help spread awareness check out these cool patches and photo gifts!

I am excited to have been collaborating with another New Zealand brand to create the patches and I know myself, I will be proud to wear this on my bag, or jacket. In fact, my first one is already stitched onto my bag! Of course, I am also looking into some button pins or something if you aren't into patches but for now, here is a small collection. 

The wonderful design work is done by Veronica and Me Designs  Please be sure to check her work out!

The patches will be offered at an introductory price of $19 - for a limited time I decided to also include the following: For every $25 spent, I will donate $1 to a New Zealand charity/initiative that helps fight the stigma, supports, aids and educates others about invisible illnesses. 

Stay tuned for MORE cool things coming VERY soon!

Check out links below the gallery for some wonderful community services and initiatives. 

If you would like to know about some causes close to my heart and those I care about here are some links, I know there are a few of them! But if you haven't checked them out before, go have a look.

You can follow my personal journey on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/mypath_mypain/

And then now on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mypathmypain

Start those conversations:

Fibromyalgia NZ: https://fibromyalgia.org.nz

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): https://anzmes.org.nz/what-is-me/

M.E. Awareness NZ - https://m.e.awareness.nz

Have you heard of the spoon theory? - check this out: https://www.thrivetalk.com/spoon-theory/

Arthritis Foundation: https://www.arthritis.org.nz/

Anxiety NZ: https://www.anxiety.org.nz/

I am Hope: http://www.iamhope.org.nz

Benzo Warriors: https://www.benzowarrior.com

Mental Health Foundation: https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz

The Following information is taken from The Mental Health Foundation website.

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor 

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Samaritans – 0800 726 666 

https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/helplines/

The Lowdown: https://thelowdown.co.nz/

Multiple Sclerosis: https://www.msnz.org.nz/

ADHD: https://www.adhd.org.nz/

Allergy NZ: http://www.allergy.org.nz/

The Cancer Society: https://cancernz.org.nz/

Changing Places NZ: http://www.changingplaces.org.nz

Rainbow Youth: https://www.ry.org.nz/

I could have added a lot more but these are some for a start!.

Kia Kaha New Zealand,

I see you. I hear you. We stand alongside you. 

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