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Social media influencer, activist and editor Devri Valazquez, was one of many who participated.

More than 500 people participated in the #MakeItVisible campaign during the month of October, reaching an estimated 400,000 members of the public. The campaign asked people to share a video or photo that made their invisible condition visible, using the hashtag, #MakeItVisible. For every photo or video shared, Healthline donated $5 to U.S. Pain in support of its mission, for a total of nearly $2,500.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Oct. 6, 2017)—Throughout the month of October, U.S. Pain Foundation is teaming up with Healthline on a campaign to bring awareness to invisible illness and raise money for a good cause. The request: share a photo or video that makes your chronic condition visible on social media with the #MakeItVisible hashtag. Make sure the post is public, not on private or friends-only settings.

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Throughout the month of October, U.S. Pain Foundation is teaming up with Healthline on a campaign to bring awareness to invisible illness. The request: share a photo or video that makes your chronic condition visible on Instagram with the #MakeItVisible hashtag. For every submission, Heathline will donate $5 to U.S. Pain Foundation.

“As more and more public figures are candidly discussing their invisible illnesses, now is the perfect time for the pain community to shine our light illnesses that seem hidden to outside world,” says vice president of U.S. Pain Foundation, Nicole Hemmenway. “Anytime we can make the invisible visible, we are not only improving patient care and creating societal awareness, but also providing newfound hope and support to pain warriors. We’re very grateful to Heathline for partnering with us on this project.”

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Finding positivity in pain

Heather Gilmore

When you live with chronic pain, it can be difficult to stay positive. But positivity is essential to both physical and mental health. In the month of December, U.S. Pain Foundation ambassadors Heather Gilmore and Garin Harris led the Positivity Photo Challenge to help pain warriors cultivate optimism and reframe negative thoughts. Gilmore holds a doctorate in education and wrote her dissertation on online support for patients with her condition, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy; Harris, who is currently Miss Teen International, champions chronic pain in honor of her mother, who lives with pain.

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