November 17, 2017
Last week, InvisiYouth Charity cohosted a fun hangout event in downtown New York City with longtime philanthropic friend Mighty Well, a fashionable medical accessories company, that was open to all young people with chronic illnesses and their friends and loved ones.
This meet-up was designed to bring together individuals with all types of chronic illnesses to meet new people, get some free swag, swap positive and funny illness stories, and get to know the missions of Mighty Well and InvisiYouth Charity better.
As Mighty Well promotes their company, build even more “friends in the fight” so the supporters (friends, family and caregivers) on the outside of illness can learn more supportive ways to communicate.
The meet-up was focused on the topic of relationships and chronic illness.
Both platonic and romantic, how to build and sustain relationships as older youth living with an illness or disability is one of the most asked questions for our community, especially InvisiYouth.
It was fun, interesting, and had lots of eye-opening moments and humor; that is key for both InvisiYouth and Mighty Well.
We are all about changing the narrative tone around chronic illness: that it is meant to find the brightness and humor in life’s challenges with honesty, not focus on the negatives and struggles.
The group was a big mix of ages, illnesses and relationships. Some were couples, others singles, and some were friends coming to support.
Their illnesses even ranged from the visible and invisible; like Lyme disease, lupus, neurovascular conditions, POTS, connective tissue disorders and mental health challenges.
Being able to bring together the ‘healthy’ friends and loved ones was critical because it allowed others to learn from each other and see how different relationships can be formed when living with chronic illness.
For both InvisiYouth Charity and Mighty Well, meet ups and getting to know the older youth chronic illness and disability community is a main part of their work.
2018 will continue to grow in their philanthropic missions, with Mighty Well’s new products and InvisiYouth’s new programming and events, next year will be a great addition for both.
Keep up to date on all of what InvisiYouth Charity and Mighty Well have in store by following their social media: InvisiYouth on social media at @invisiyouth and Mighty Well on Twitter @livemightywell and Instagram @mightywell_
And if you want to be part of InvisiYouth’s new programs and events, make sure to contact us and we’ll send you more information and even help you design your own InvisiYouth event or fun mini-fundraiser!