Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang - Making the invisible visible

A project in Adelaide, AU by Megan Schartner

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A creative exploration of life with an invisible illness. Discover what happens when Foggy Frog & the Pain Gang come to visit.
Backers: 111
Average Pledge Per Backer: $68

Funded: $7,529 of $7,500
Dates: Mar 1st -> Mar 28th (27 days)
Project By: Megan Schartner
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Latest News

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang

May 14th - via:
Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang is the story of life with an invisible illness (Read More)

We've made it!

March 27th - via:
Wow, you guys are all amazing! Thanks to all your support, encouragement and kindness we’ve met our goal with 2 and a half hours to spare! This doesn't mean you can't still pledge your support and get your own copies of this important and unique... (Read More)

Less than 8 hours to go...

March 27th - via:
Hi everyone,Just a few thoughts as we approach the final hours of this Kickstarter campaign.Firstly, WOW! The reality of so many of you donating over $5,500 to me, trusting me to make a picture book that portrays our invisible illnesses accurately... (Read More)

Less than 2 days to go!

March 25th - via:
Hi Everyone! It's going down to the wire. We have less than 32 hours left, and we are $2,744 short of reaching our goal! We need your help now more than ever to finish strong and get this book out there. You can help by: - Upgrading your pledge -... (Read More)

Great News: Matching Funds Backer!

March 25th - via:
Good news, everybody! In fact I think it's great news! As mentioned in the update this morning, I've been in discussion with some big backers and one of them, who has requested to remain anonymous, has offered to MATCH EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE RAISE in... (Read More)

Another Moment of Extreme Fog

March 25th - via:
This, my friends, is the work of Foggy Frog (Read More)

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang: My way of making the invisible visible

March 25th - via:
At the moment I’m working on completing the images for a children’s book describing the key symptoms that many invisible illnesses produce using the characters Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang. We are also in the last week of our Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to publish 250 copies of the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book. (Read More)

Last few days of the campaign and belaying concerns about illustration skills

March 24th - via:
Wow, we're now well into the last week of this campaign. Only 3 more days to go, so if you haven't already backed us get in now! I'm very excited to be getting even closer to our target each and every day. I know there is still a fair way to go in... (Read More)

Foggy Frog Hijacks My Brain

March 20th - via:
The Foggy Frog campaign is 50% funded but we only have eight days left. Please spread the word about the Kickstarter campaign, Making the Invisible, Visble. (Read More)

50% of our goal reached! First view of the dummy book for Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang

March 19th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Counting My Spoons: Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang

March 14th - via:
Interview with Megan Schartner, author of Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang (Read More)

Get your workplace or community involved.

March 13th - via:
Feel this project is important? Want to involve your workplace or local community? With only 2 weeks left to meet our target, here are a few tips on how you could do that and bring us closer to our goal: 1. Host a morning or afternoon tea. Ask people... (Read More)

Foggy Frog Backer Badge of Honour

March 11th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Spoonie Survival Kit and School Class Pack's Now Available

March 9th - via:
Hi Everyone, Just another quick update, in celebration of the long weekend we've released 2 more limited edition reward options, a Spoonie Survivial Kit ($90 or more) and a School Class Pack ($200 or more). Both rewards are limited to the first 10... (Read More)

Reached our first milestone: over 30% funded

March 8th - via:
I was hoping to be sharing this with you via video so you could see how excited I am, but I seem to have misplaced our camera... It's been such a very long and exhausting week! Between promoting the campaign, attending the first class of my... (Read More)

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang

March 7th - via:
Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang is the inspired project from Megan Schartner who is a member of MEspace Facebook, and has come up with this brilliant idea. She is doing an illustrated book about the symptoms of ME/CFS, portraying the actual symptoms as a frog and his gang who ‘visit’ people (ie they are not part of people), thus distancing the symptoms in a very effective way. (Read More)

Beware of the Frog

I used to love frogs. I always thought of them as adorable, completely benevolent creatures. Growing up, I was especially fond of the little green tree frogs that appeared out of nowhere each spring. On warm spring evenings I would go out and wade around in puddles and ponds trying to catch one of the little guys. It always amazed me that such a loud song could come out of such a tiny little creature. Some of them were barely as big as my thumb! (Read More)

Over 20% Funded in only 4 days and new reward tier coming soon!

March 6th - via:
Thank you so much to everyone who's backed us so far. With your help we've reached over 20% of our goal in less than 5 days! We have a long way to go still but we're on track and I know that with your help and support we will get there. I've been... (Read More)

New Infinity Scarf and a bucketful of ribbits!

The Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang campaign at Kickstarter is definitely kicking butt so far! The campaign has reached 21% so far (and it hasn’t even been a week yet–pretty cool!). There are different ways where you can help out… (Read More)

Life with Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang: Trisha’s Story

March 4th - via:
After the birth of my youngest son in January of 2000, I started feeling really awful. I was tired. My back hurt and I felt a constant, dull ache throughout my whole body. My mind got muddled and fuzzy. Sometimes I felt dizzy or like I was dreaming instead of awake. Nothing felt real but everything felt overwhelming. At first I thought it was just from lack of sleep but it continued. And worsened. I wondered if everyone felt this bad, that maybe all parents were this tired and achy, even though no one else mentioned it. I had no idea that Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang were working on me, preparing for a takeover. (Read More)

Foggy Frog and The Pain Gang

March 3rd - via:
I would like to talk to you about Fibromyalgia. Okay, I talk about that all the time – but when was the first time you’d ever heard of an invisible illness? I first heard about Fibromyalgia when I was a little girl and my father told me that it was a mental condition and there really wasn’t anything wrong with these people. Was he ever wrong! (Read More)

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Launch Party

March 2nd - via:
Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for the launch of Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang here on Kickstarter. Please check out the project and donate. Even if it's just $1... that's enough to say, yes this is a book that we need in our community.... (Read More)

Let’s hop to it and get this book out there: Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Campaign

The day has come…. The Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Campaign has officially begun now!! (Read More)


On another note on pain someone I know has a donation group going with making the invisibilty of pain visible to all. (Read More)

Can You Help Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang?

Since I started my blog just two short months ago I have had the pleasure of meeting some creative and inspiring people here in the WordPress blogosphere. I am writing this post to help one particular inspirational blogging friend spread the word about an amazing campaign she is currently running. (Read More)

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang

February 28th - via:
I’ve been interested in this project since I first heard of it. A picture book to help explain living with illness is a fantastic way to help people, including the young, to understand the realities of a complex illness in a simpler way. It is a great cause to support and I encourage everyone to get behind this and help the project be fulfilled. (Read More)

A New Tool to Promote Awareness

February 28th - via:
Yesterday I stumbled on an article that talked about ME/CFS and fibromyalgia finally being recognized as chronic health conditions. Then it went on to describe fibromyalgia as pain of the tendons and ligaments. (Read More)

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang - Making Invisible Illnesses Visible

February 27th - via:
Approximately 1 in every 5 people around the world suffers from some form of chronic pain but most people haven’t even heard of the illnesses causing it. Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang was developed by a friend of the blog, Megan, from My Chronic Life Journey. Developing this story was Megan’s way of putting some distance between herself and her symptoms and for describing these symptoms to those that asked about them. When she couldn’t find any simple picture books about her illnesses, Megan decided it was time to share Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang’s story. Since their creation, Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang have been used by multiple people suffering from chronic illnesses like Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) to describe their symptoms to their loved ones. (Read More)

Life with multiple chronic illnesses brings Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang to life

February 17th - via:
For almost a year now I’ve been living with chronic pain, brain fog and fatigue. Although fatigue doesn’t really begin to describe it; it’s more like having an elephant sitting on you making it hard to move your body and having your brain be complete mush. (Read More)

“Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang” campaign video

February 1st - via:
Megan Schartner from the blog “My Chronic Life Journey” is creating a campaign in order to raise enough money to publish her book “Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang”, which is geared towards raising awareness of individuals with invisible illnesses. I created this video in dedication to the “Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang” campaign. Enjoy, and spread the word about this to your friends! (Read More)

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