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Foggy Frog Book Launch

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang book launch in Pictures

26 Sep 16
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On Saturday, 24 September 2016, we held a book launch party to celebrate the completion of the long awaited Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book. I say “long awaited: because the book has been almost 3 years in the making and I first got support from the community through a Kickstarter campaign in March 2014.

The Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book has been developed as a way of introducing people to the symptoms of invisible illnesses. There is a strong focus on the different types of pain that people may live with, but it also looks at symptoms such as brain fog and fatigue. As well as the main picture book part, the back of the book contains more in-depth information to help promote further discussion.

We had around 60 people attend the launch, including a few local politicians and key medical staff in the chronic pain field. It was a great opportunity to also raise awareness of the fact that these conditions are often being overlooked from a funding perspective, as well as from a general quality of life perspective.

I still have a bit of work to do to get the paperback version of the book available online, but you can get the Kindle version on Amazon now. You can contact me via the contact us page if you’d like the printed version (I have some of the Kickstarter print run still available for sale).

There is also a giveaway currently running through Goodreads (10 copies available) if you’re interested in trying to win a copy of the book.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang by Megan Schartner

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang

by Megan Schartner

Giveaway ends October 30, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

 

I really wanted to do the book launch this week, as it coincides nicely with Invisible Illness Awareness Week. However, due to the fact that none of the print-on-demand printers seem to allow A4 Landscape books, I had to redesign the book to be square for online sales. This should be available soon and I will let you know when it is!

I want to give a big thank you to everyone who helped make the launch a success. In particular, thank you to:

  • Erik for videography and money handling.
  • Akil, from Akil Madan Photography, for the images.
  • Vouch, from Black Sheep Cooking School, and Sophie for catering.
  • The Hon. Kelly Vincent for speaking.
  • My Step-father, Wayne for making the Ukelele as a door prize
  • Erik’s Amma, Erika, and my Step-father’s mum, Clarice, for helping to ice the cake.

Without further ado, here’s the book launch in pictures (we did record the speeches and I’ll share the videos another time)…

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Book Launch

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Media Release: Children’s Book Makes Invisible Illnesses Visible

04 Aug 16
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Children’s Book Makes Invisible Illnesses Visible

For Immediate Release

Contact: Megan Schartner foggyfrog (at) liveken.com for further information or to schedule interviews.

Adelaide, South Australia, 4 August 2016

Author, Megan Schartner, is pleased to announce the release of Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang, a picture book aimed explaining invisible illnesses causing chronic pain and fatigue, in time for Invisible Illness Awareness Week (September 26 – October 2, 2016).

1 in 5 people live with an invisible illness causing chronic pain and fatigue. It can be difficult to explain these symptoms to others but Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang can help. The Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book, being launched Saturday 24 September 2016 by author Megan Schartner and Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent, is the first step in a wider campaign to raise awareness of invisible illnesses and the common symptoms of pain, fatigue and fogginess.

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang were developed as Megan’s way of putting some distance between herself and her symptoms and for describing these symptoms to those that asked about them. Since their creation, Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang have been used by multiple people living with chronic illnesses like Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) to describe their symptoms to their loved ones.

Elizabeth Christy, Fibromyalgia “ninja” and author of Why Does Mommy Hurt?, says that “This book magically transforms and expands the intangible and misunderstood concept of ‘pain’ into something concrete and easy to understand. Readers will have a broader understanding of pain, and what it’s like to live with it. It is an excellent resource for anyone affected by chronic pain.”

Celebrate the release of Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang and help make the invisible visible by attending the launch party on Saturday 24 September 2016, 1:30 pm at Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Rd Tusmore. There will be light refreshments, a live story reading and book signing. Books will be available for purchase on the day. RSVP on 0421 429 531 or at bit.ly/FoggyFrogLaunch

About Megan

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.

Power, energy, and other random thoughts…

14 Jul 16
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It’s been over a week since I last posted. Between my major projects (Foggy Frog book and AAEE 2016 Conference) and the weather here it’s been difficult to find time to write here.

Yesterday, just as I was about to write my post, the power went out at home. It was out most the day so instead of working (everything I’ve got to do at the moment is online) I spent the day reading Harry Potter and playing with the cats.

It was interesting working out the best ways to stay warm when the heater didn’t have it’s fan (it was warm right in front of it but the heat didn’t get very far) and I didn’t have electricity to make the gas hot water work for a bath or the kettle work for tea.

In the end, I used the stove (gas and I could light it with a match) to boil water for tea and just sat as close as I could to the fire most the day with the cats for company.

Anyway, on to what I was planning to talk about yesterday…

Testosterone – an Update

It’s been over 3 months since I started on Testosterone treatment for pain and energy management.

Using the syringe to measure and apply the cream to my skin

Using the syringe to measure and apply the cream to my skin

The first few months I didn’t really notice much difference. There was a good reason for that though as, although we started at the usual dose for women and doubled it at the end of each month, I didn’t seem to be absorbing much of it. The free levels in my blood only went up by 0.3 over the first two months from 0.4 to 0.7 (normal range for women is 1.5 to 8 – I don’t remember what the measurement units are sorry)!

Rubbing the cream in to make sure as much as possible gets absorbed

Rubbing the cream in to make sure as much as possible gets absorbed

However, once we doubled the dose again, for a total of 1 mL daily, my free testosterone levels in my blood have finally reached low-mid normal range (around 2). I’m beginning to notice some changes in my base levels of pain and a decrease in the number and intensity of the crashes I have. Nothing really worth claiming as a significant improvement yet, but even the change in crash frequency has allowed me to get a lot more done recently.

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Book Launch

We’ve set a date for the official book launch! There will be a live event on Saturday 24 September 2016 at Burnside Library, followed by a series of online events during Invisible Illness Awareness Week (September 26 – October 2 2016). Register for the live event here and stay tuned for more details of the online events.

Please note this event is now in the past