Journalists, bloggers, and other cool people wanting to help us make the invisible visible, thank you so much for your support! We know that we truly couldn’t do this without your help! This Media Room has been set up to help you help us. There is a gallery of images at the bottom of this page. Please save these to your system (right click and save image as) and upload to your blog or use them in your emails. Feel free to crop and resize as necessary.
The Fast Facts
- The Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book launched as part of Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2016, September 26 to October 2, 2016.
- We raised $7,500 via Kickstarter in March 2014 to publish Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang, the first picture book of it’s kind. Kickstarter URL: http://bit.ly/FoggyFrog
- We use the hashtags #FoggyFrog and #FoggyFrogBook when talking about the campaign.
- We are working to make invisible illnesses visible by getting the book out to individuals, schools, libraries and communities who need them.
- The book highlights key symptoms faced by approximately 1 in 5 people in Australia and America, and even more around the world.
- It provides a clear explanation that helps people separate themselves from their symptoms and explain them to others around them.
Media Release: Children’s Book Makes Invisible Illnesses Visible
Adelaide, South Australia – 4 August 2016
To Make it Easy for You to Share
You can use the following text as is, or modify it for your site. I’m also happy to do an interview for your site (see contact details below)
All people deserve to have their story heard. Those suffering invisible illnesses deserve to have theirs heard too. The Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang 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. Many communities will find this book very beneficial. Reading the book will provide people with a better understanding of invisible illnesses.
Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang is now available, as both a paperback and ebook, on Amazon. The book is the first step in a wider campaign. The campaign will also include workshops and seminars for schools and the wider community.
The Foggy Frog Campaign team are currently working to form connections within the medical and education communities. Thanks to the support of the Kickstarter community, over 100 copies will be donated to schools, libraries, and relevant medical facilities across Australia.
If you’d like more information about the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Campaign, or to schedule an interview with Megan, please email foggyfrog (at) liveken.com or send her a Tweet @MegLiveKen.
About Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang
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 campaign encouraging 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.
LiveKen – My Chronic Life Journey started as a personal blog for Megan as she began exploring her life choices after being diagnosed with several chronic illnesses.
From the success of the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang campaign Megan launched LiveKen, a business focused on helping individuals and communities to live simple, sustainable and meaningful lives with or without chronic illness. LiveKen is currently focused on distributing the picture book for the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang campaign. We are also working with local government in South Australia to promote sustainable living through the creation of strategies, plans and educational resources. Over time, LiveKen will extend to provide education direct to individuals and communities on topics ranging from living with chronic illness, to simplifying and reducing our impact on the environment.
Megan is the author and creator of Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang. She has been diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Megan is currently searching for a lifestyle that reduces the symptoms from these conditions and allows her to live a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. She is passionate about the provision of high quality, individualised education on an ongoing basis to enhance sustainable living and awareness of invisible illnesses.
Megan Schartner (please email for phone number)
Email: foggyfrog (at) liveken.com
Kickstarter (campaign page)
Testimonials and Reviews
“It’s been a fun journey to see this book come to fruition. Invisible illness awareness is a must and initiatives like Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang can and will help drive awareness and acceptance. Spreading education is a necessity! Therefore, this book is an invaluable resource to the chronic illness community around the world!”
– Julie Cerrone, itsjustabadday.com
“A unique and simple way to explain chronic pain to children. The different members of the gang were perfect analogies for the types of pain we encounter.”
– Julie Ryan, CountingMySpoons.com
“This book is an excellent resource for families affected by chronic pain. Children will leave with a stronger understanding of their parents’ condition, increased empathy, and a better understanding of how to help their parents.”
– Elizabeth Christy, Author of Why Does Mommy Hurt?
Official 2015 Kickstarter Launch Video
Tell your friends!
People who are already talking about us
891 ABC Adelaide
– Megan Schartner’s Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang helps to explain chronic fatigue and constant pain
Australian Pain Society
Someone’s Idea of Luxury
My Invisible Life
Barry’s M.E. Blog
– My Nominations for the First ME CFS FMS Blog Awards (2)
It’s just a bad day…
Oak Trees Studio
– Can You Help Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang?
A Saint Called Allnights
Counting My Spoons…
- Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang: My way of making the invisible visible