Q&A

Q: What are Invisible Cosmic Zebras?

Q: What are Invisible Cosmic Zebras?

A. Invisible Cosmic Zebras are those invisible "friends" in your life (chronic pain, an invisible illness, syndrome, disease or injury) that you have come to acknowledge and accept as lifelong companions. Invisible Cosmic Zebras are unique and different from each other and nobody knows exactly what they look like because they are invisible. Invisible Cosmic...

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Q: So, you've just been diagnosed with an invisible illness—now what?

Q: So, you've just been diagnosed with an invisible illness—now what?

A: No matter which invisible illness you've been diagnosed with, everyone asks the same thing after leaving the doctor's office—Now what? Usually, there's a lot of time and effort put into climbing the mountain of getting a diagnosis, but once at the top, when your doctor finally tells you, "You...

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Take a look inside "My Invisible Cosmic Zebra Has Celiac Disease—Now What?"

A video posted by Jessie Riley (@invisiblecosmiczebra) on Sep 19, 2016 at 5:32am PDT

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Q: What age group are these books for?

Q: What age group are these books for?

A: The workbooks are for teens through young adults and parents/ caregivers of tweens ages 6-12. However, the person who encouraged me to publish these books is a 76 year old woman with a slew of invisible illnesses. "Truth be told, we all have Invisible Cosmic Zebras to take care of!" And...

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Q: I have more than one invisible illness, which workbook should I get?

Q: I have more than one invisible illness, which workbook should I get?

A: Many people, like me, have more than one invisible illness. I've found that trying to manage all of them at the same time can be very overwhelming and confusing. Is my fibro making me feel exhausted? Or did I accidentally eat gluten? Or is it from my concussion? If...

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Book Reviews and Testimonials

"I am absolutely in love with these books!" -Laura K.

"These books are amazing! I suffer from depression. My 8 year old son has anxiety and OCD and I know that he would benefit from these books. I think it would be great if EVERY CLASSROOM has them for kids to learn about this and understand better that illness is not always visible." -Sarah A.

"You've thought through nearly every aspect of how your ICZ affects your life and ways to live positively. Thank you for this gift." -Megan B.

"I suffer from a couple of invisible illnesses and so does my daughter, these would be great to have!!" -Lynda C.

"Fantastic books (I have many zebras of my own) could've done with these years ago!"

"What an innovative idea, not only children would benefit from them, but adults. I would get the fibromyalgia and arthritis books, which would help my granddaughter understand why I can’t do much sometimes." -Marilyn M.

"Two members in our family have Type 1 Diabetes, so these books look wonderful – thank you!" -T. Clarke

"I have bad anxiety and am always under a lot of stress, coloring helps quite a bit!" -Leslie C.

"I know someone who has POTS, I suffer from migraines and so do both of my kids, I also have arthritis. There are so many people that suffer from invisible illnesses and so many people that really don’t understand these illnesses." -Vikki B.

"Loving this!!! I so wish I had one of these when I was a teen!!" 

"My son has Type 1 Diabetes since he was 20 months old. He is now 32 and has Celiacs with a heart transplant. My daughter has IBS since she had Cancer at 7 and she loves to color so she would enjoy these books!" -Laurie N.

"I suffer from a couple of invisible illnesses and so does my daughter, these would be great to have!!" -Lynda C. 

"Awesome! Thank you for being such an inspiration!"