About Making The Invisible Visible
To educate others on invisible illnesses and disabilities to hopefully one day stop the discrimination we receive and to empower those that live with one.
The awareness images were created by Colourstorm (view our 'support' page) in October 2019 with our merchandise & posters launching via the founders Facebook page the following month.
The project was put on hold whilst COVID impacted the world however the website and Facebook page was launched in July 2020 along with more merchandise and its grew since then.
We felt it was important to give back to some of the charities that support those living with an invisible illness / disability. All profits therefore get donated to 10 different charities.
(Go to 'Charity' to read more)
With your support we can make a difference.
(Tops on models were printed by Embello, OfficialCertee and ThisMommaCrafts)
About The Founder
My name is Jessica Mary Logan and I have 3 main forms of invisible illnesses (IBD, CFS and Mental Health)
along with a few other invisible conditions.
I have received discrimination on a number of occasions for using disabled toilets / being unable to do things a 'normal' young person would, which has given me the passion to raise awareness of invisible illnesses and disabilities as there is limited representation in society today.
I struggled with my body image and was suicidal after my stoma surgery. I finally learnt to love my body for the life it gave me and I want to help others embrace their beauty.
Below is a list of things I have been doing to help my cause:
I have taken part in photoshoots with my stoma / scars on show, to highlight that we are all beautiful no matter what 'defects' we may have. One of these photos was on the front cover of Tidings magazine.
I launched group photoshoots at the start of 2020 and the project was turned into a calendar. This will be continuing each year to help empower others.
I have training programmes set up to help educate work places and schools.
I have had articles / interviews with the press talking about my story.
I started taking part in pageants in 2019 to highlight that beauty comes in all forms and I came 2nd and 3rd in my most recent competition for Royal International Miss UK Role Model and Ms. I am re-competing in July 2021.(Pageant sponsors include Salts Healthcare, Bella Grace Event Dresses, How Promotions and Richard Murrall)
I created the Warrior Charity Pageant for those with invisible illnesses and disabilities in 2019 but our first live completion was postponed due to covid. This is now scheduled for October.
I run video interviews with those impacted by invisible illnesses / disabilities.
I hold charity events / fundraise, which has helped me raise nearly £4000 for charities since June 2019 when including my sales via Making The Invisible Visible.
Our posters are due to be used around a number of different companies to help spread awareness.
Here is a little more about my illnesses however you can read more info in my articles via the 'press' page:
I have suffered with depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, IBS, intestinal dysmotility and back problems (later causing a degenerative disc and straight neck) from a young age.
In 2017 I was diagnosed with acute severe ulcerative colitis (IBD) and a week later I went through emergency surgery to create a Stoma (ileostomy) after they removed my colon and appendix (total colectomy).
Since then I have gone through a further 3 operations (all within the space of a year) because of complications and to create a j pouch (a man made rectum due to mine needing to be removed).
My CFS was diagnosed later in 2019, as a result of the trauma caused by my IBD journey and this is what I suffer with the most today.
I also have Migraines, caused by tension and dehydration.
And a few other problems
I feel it's so important to turn my experiences into positivity and this is why I focus on raising awareness.
I have included 3 images of me to show you can be beautiful no matter what 'defects' you feel you have.
I feel my body is much more beautiful now than it was on the first picture because it shows my strength.