Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang – Making Invisible Illnesses Visible

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang – Making Invisible Illnesses Visible

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Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang – Call for Help!

p1010599Approximately 1 in every 5 people around the world suffers from some form of chronic pain but most people haven’t even heard of the illnesses causing it.  Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang was developed by a friend of the blog, Megan, from My Chronic Life Journey. Developing this story was Megan’s way of putting some distance between herself and her symptoms and for describing these symptoms to those that asked about them. When she couldn’t find any simple picture books about her illnesses, Megan decided it was time to share Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang’s story.  Since their creation, Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang have been used by multiple people suffering from chronic illnesses like Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) to describe their symptoms to their loved ones.

Megan is now reaching out to the community to help bring her unique picture book, Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang, to the world. On Sunday, 2 March 2014 at 2 pm CST (Adelaide) {9:30 pm Saturday, 1 March 2014 9:30pm EST}, a Kickstarter campaign will be launched to raise the $7,500 necessary to publish and distribute Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang worldwide to those who need help explaining or understanding the symptoms faced by those with invisible illnesses. Once launched the campaign has only 27 days to raise the $7,500 or they will receive none of the money, so please help by visiting http://bit.ly/FoggyFrog after the launch to pledge your support and share the project through your social networks.

All people deserve to have their story heard, and those suffering invisible illnesses deserve to have theirs heard too. This picture book tells the first part of that story without leaving people out because their illness isn’t recognised or they don’t have a name for it.

foggy-frog-fb-iconLet’s get this book out there! Many communities would find this book very beneficial, and it would assist many people with gaining a better understanding of invisible illnesses. The more coverage and support we get here, the more we’ll be able to get this book out in the world in a way that works for many and not just a few.

Kickstarter campaigns operate under an “all-or-nothing” funding model so if the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Campaign doesn’t reach it’s goal at the end of 27 days then the book may never be published. To follow the campaign, be sure to find them on Twitter (@ChronicMeg) and Facebook and spread the word to your social media networks.  Consider donating as little as $1 to help bring Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang to the world.  If you decide to donate more, you might be among the first in the world to share in the story and may even receive a unique handmade ukulele.

Megan on My Chronic Life Journey

My Chronic Life Journey started as a personal blog for me as I began exploring my life choices after being diagnosed with several chronic illnesses. It has evolved from this into a platform for the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang campaign.

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang is about making invisible illnesses visible to the general public through ongoing education and awareness raising techniques. It is a place for people to express in their own words what it is like living with an invisible illness. By raising awareness we are allowing people to make informed decisions about the way they interact with those who suffer from invisible illnesses. For more information visit the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Campaign page.

About Megan

vcm_s_kf_repr_701x740Recently diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, Megan is currently searching for a lifestyle that reduces the symptoms from these conditions and allows her to live a fulfilling life. Finalist in the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards Flinders Port Holdings Environment Awards in 2012 and 2013, and again for the 2014 award (winner announced at the end of March), she has a strong focus on the provision of high quality, individualised education on an ongoing basis to enhance sustainable living and awareness of invisible illnesses.  Through the development and delivery of community, school, and corporate workshops, Megan has encouraged and supported her local and global community to live more sustainably. Her newest projects, the “Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang” campaign and Foggy Frog Creations focus on raising awareness of invisible illnesses and sustainable living through a combination of information delivery and living by example.

If you’d like more information about the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Campaign with Megan please email mychroniclifejourney@gmail.com or send her a Tweet @ChronicMeg.

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Please join me in supporting Megan’s #FoggyFrog efforts!

Ways we can help!

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1. Support her thunderclap campaign! This helps spread awareness for the campaign – we can definitely help spread the word 🙂

2. Attend the official online launch party which will be held on Facebook and Twitter Sunday March 2nd at 2:00 pm CST (Adelaide) {Or Saturday, March 1st at 9:30pm EST}. Use the hashtag #FoggyFrog to participate on Twitter or visit the Facebook Page and post there.

3. From Sunday March 2nd at 1:00 pm CST (Adelaide) through to Friday March 28th {This is Australian time – just letting you know if you’re over here in the good ol’ USofA} visit the kickstarter page and help the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang raise money! It’s an all or nothing deal so if the campaign doesn’t reach it’s $7,500 goal then Megan’s book won’t be able to move through the rest of the process.

4. Check out Megan’s My Chronic Life Journey blog and sign up for the Foggy Frog newsletter!

Together our community can make this a reality! Can’t wait to follow along the progress of this great project.

Wishing You A Pain Free Day!

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