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
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.