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Invisible Illness

Invisible Illness: What are they? Who is Affected? How Can I Become More Aware?

Alicia M. Held, MSW

Maybe you have read the term “invisible illness” on a friend’s Facebook feed, or have recently read an article raising awareness for those who are marginalized because they do not have a “readily visible” disability; but what really is an “invisible” illness or disability? Let’s start with the definition of disability …

What is The EPIC Foundation

The EPIC Foundation is a 501C3 non-profit organization that provides support, advocacy,  and tools to those affected by chronic illnesses. The foundation staff, which includes trained psychologists, provides various resources to support patients and their caregivers.

The EPIC Foundation uniquely embraces the mind, body, and spirit, by focusing on key human issues such as trauma and loss. These are the vital issues that are commonly ignored while treating chronic illnesses.

Mission Statement

The Empowering People with Invisible Chronic Illness (EPIC) Foundation is a 501C3 nonprofit organization that seeks to empower those living with chronic illnesses. Our mission is to provide the emotional support, advocacy, and tools to empower chronically ill patients and caregivers to thrive!

Teresa Tapp is The EPIC Foundation’s first recipient of The EPIC Foundation Legacy Award

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Chronic Illness

Chronic Illness Versus Normal Illness Dyer (1990) compares the process of “normal” and…

The Five Loss Stages

The Five Stages of Loss dealing with a major change in your life is

Chronic Illness and Trauma

I want to validate that living through chronic illness can be quite traumatic.

Unique and Rare Anthem

Medical Zebra

“Zebra” is a term that is used to describe a surprising diagnosis…

A Message from the Executive Director about Grief and Mourning

I want to validate that living through chronic illness can be quite traumatic.

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Person of the Quarter

“Sandee Stewart”

The EPIC Foundation honors our featured recipient for Person of the Quarter-April 2020, Sandee Stewart. We have come to this special time of year, again, as we celebrate Adrenal Insufficiency Awareness Month…

Help and Advocacy

For a list of trusted experts who are physicians and surgeons, please contact the EPIC Foundation at

Why we are EPIC together

The EPIC Foundation strongly believes in community, which has helped so many of us survive the unimaginable! EPIC Foundation is here to support YOU! We understand that through unity and by working together, we create and maintain a level of connectedness that empowers us! We are empowered TOGETHER!!!

Rules of Empowerment

Sometimes when we are chronically ill, it can feel very powerless. That sense of loss can be so overwhelming that we feel that we have no power at all. Being empowered is having a strong sense of self and maintaining a sense of self no matter the circumstances…

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List of Therapists

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Doctors Who Can Help

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Support and Advocacy for YOU
This is Dr. Karen’s interview with Cushing’s advocate and beloved pioneer, Mary Kelly O’Connor. Listen and share so we can increase awareness and help save lives!
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How people have been impacted by EPIC Foundation

I cannot say enough about how Dr. Karen Thames and the EPIC Foundation have helped me. At a time when I was looking for supportive resources and a way connect with someone who could relate to what I was going through, I found Dr. Karen. Her fight to transparently share her journey so that she could help others has inspired me to do the same.  The work and dedication that she puts into the EPIC Foundation is indescribable and I could not think of a better way to support her efforts than to join the team!

DaVita G., Philadelphia, PA

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    In honor of the warriors we have lost. The EPIC Foundation honors your legacy forever!

    Arshun Lewis in Memoriam

    Arshun Lamonda Lewis was born on March 16, 1984 to Lee Knowlin and Joyce Augustus in Racine, Wisconsin. She attended Park High School and furthered her education at Gateway Community Tech…

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    Shianne Lombard Treman in Memoriam 

    Shianne Lombard Treman took her life on Wednesday, March 28th after a long struggle with depression brought on by the removal of her adrenal glands to the advancement of Cushing’s Syndrome…

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    Bettye Jean Douglas in Memoriam

    Bettye Jean Douglas, age 78 of Smyrna, Tennessee, died Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at her home. She was a native of Hickman County, Tennessee…

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    Listen to CUTV News Radio Spotlight: Dr. N. Karen Thames PsyD of The EPIC Foundation

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