Forum sheds light on ‘Invisible Illnesses’

For Immediate Release:  Nov. 5, 2014

BLOOMSBURG —Just because symptoms are not apparent, it does not mean they are not there.

To raise awareness of those suffering in silence, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s annual Speaker’s Forum will focus on “Invisible Illnesses” on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Talks will begin at 7 p.m. in BU’s Hartline Science Center 108, followed by an open discussion.

People are afflicted every day by depression, sexually transmitted diseases, Lyme disease and other ailments. The forum aims to create awareness by coming together to support those who feel alone or unrecognized because of their illness.

The Speaker’s Forum will feature four competitively selected student speeches on “Invisible Illnesses” followed by a keynote speech by former BU faculty member Nicole Defenbaugh, director of education and medical educator for the Lehigh Valley Health Network. Defenbaugh is also a state and national speaker of chronic illness identity.

The 2014 Speaker’s Forum is sponsored by the Bloomsburg chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association Honors Society and the Department of Communication Studies. It is free and open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.