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A Conversation with Jessie Riley
So excited to be featuring Jessie Riley, owner of Kitanie Books this week on Conversations. Her new collection, the Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection, offers an exciting array of choices of workbooks for tweens & teens diagnosed with an invisible illness. Read on to find out more about her varied background and the imaginative world she is opening up for people all across the country! Read the full interview here.
Thank you to youngpeople_chronicillnesses for sharing my Celiac story on Instagram!
Thank you to Ashley at Conquering EDS for participating in the art contest and for the book review!
My "Inner Cosmic Zebra"
Over a week ago Jessie Riley, author of the Invisible Cosmic Zebra collection of workbooks messaged me about an art contest that she created, “What does your Invisible Cosmic Zebra Look Like?” After a quick review of her website and instagram account I was officially hooked. A few things happened here, I loved Jessie’s story, the contest and her workbooks! First, let me tell you that coloring books and workbooks are such a huge presence in my life. Taking time to complete an activity, drawing or coloring session for at least 15 minutes per day is unbelievably stimulating to the mind. Practicing alone with no distractions, allows you to be fully aware, in the moment and freely creative... Read the rest of Ashley's blog post here.
Coloring Combined with Education
"The workbooks will make a great gift for patients ages 12 through young adult and caregivers/parents 6-11. Coloring combined with education."
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Nyla Smith has Crohn's disease, an invisible illness, and reached out to me when the Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection launched. She told me about how she'd just recently started an #invisibleillnesschallenge online and received submissions from around the globe. I love hearing stories like that! That is what this project is all about for me—helping others cope using hope and humor and spreading awareness about the universal experience everyone encounters after being diagnosed with invisible illnesses of all kinds. If we all help each other raise awareness, more people will understand the challenges we face. Thank you, Nyla!!
Woot! The Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection made the list!
Kitanie Books is excited to be a part of Mommy Moment's #31DaysOfGifts giveaway!
1 Mommy Moment reader will win 2 books of their choice!
INVISIBLE COSMIC ZEBRA WORKBOOKS:
"Being diagnosed with any disease is scary and overwhelming – but for those that are suffering through an “invisible” illness, it can be even harder. Thank-you Kitanie for partnering together with us to bring this giveaway to our readers."
Help For Health Problems
Many struggle with health challenges that are invisible to others, such as allergies, migraines, diabetes, celiac disease and others. This series of workbooks helps young patients cope by comparing the experience to having to take care of an Invisible Cosmic Zebra. Its 11 how-to chapters highlight the funny-but-not-so-funny challenges patients might encounter in caring for themselves and explaining their diagnosis to others, who might not think it exists. The workbook is a great tool for patients to help deal with the life-changing adventure ahead of them.
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The Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection featured in Mommy Moment's "Something To Read" 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!
Thank you to Mommy Moment for featuring The Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection in their "Something To Read" 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!
Wow! Has it only been two and a half weeks since the Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection launched? I'm so grateful I've been able to connect with so many people already. THANK YOU to everyone who has contacted me and encouraged me to keep going and thank you to all those who left me comments on Twitter and Instagram:
- I am absolutely in love with these books. Thank you so much! Ordering ASAP
- Brilliant! WOW! I LOVE IT!! It's perfect. It has exactly what is needed when you feel that ill. You really captured it. Written by a true cosmic zebra tamer.
- We need to get one! These look so cool!
- I have a chronic illness myself but also am a Child Life E-Volunteer. Your books are truly going to make a difference in the years to come I wish I had such a book when I was in my pediatric years....
- Fantastic books (i have many Zebras of my own) could've done with these years ago.
- Loving this!!! 💕 I so wish I had one of these when I was a teen!! I will definitely be gifting these books :)
- Love it!
- OMG! These are great! Thanks for following me! 👌👌
- Awesome! Thank you for being such an inspiration! I can't wait to find your books!
- Keep up the good work!
- Oh my goodness I will be buying one for me, my sister and my mum as we all have eds and lots xx I hope you are as well as you can possibly be :-) xx
- Super cool!
- I would love to buy all that relate to me
- Pretty sweet!
- These look soo cool!!😃😃
- A must for those newly diagnosed and an aid for those already living with invisible illnesses.
Your comments and encouragement mean the world to me because I wrote these books for you and I hope they bring hope and humor into your life! I finally feel like I'm connecting with a group of people who I can totally relate to (and who are so understanding of what it's like to live with invisible illness). It's very freeing for me to finally be so open about all of my health struggles because in the past, this wasn't always easy for me.
For Immediate Release
Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection Gives a Little Dose of Lightheartedness to the Seriousness of Living With Chronic, Invisible Illnesses
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, September 26, 2016— Jessie Riley, author of The Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection of 18 creative how-to workbooks for 18 invisible illnesses, is making a difference in the lives of people she has never met. She penned the 100-page workbooks to help recently diagnosed patients navigate the unknown, invisible world of invisible illness and to bring hope and humor to the complex reality of living with a chronic, invisible illness.
For more than a decade, Riley struggled with unexplained health issues and the frustration of trying to figure out what was wrong with her body. The fact that she looked perfectly healthy from the outside didn’t help. After being diagnosed with celiac disease, joint hypermobility syndrome and fibromyalgia, and talking to countless others with other invisible illnesses, Riley discovered there’s a universal experience that all patients go through. “No matter which invisible illness you have, everyone has the same question after diagnosis—Now what?”
In her new collection of workbooks, she uses this universal experience she describes as the foundation for her work and then creatively encourages every patient to use creative visualization to imagine their invisible illness as an Invisible Cosmic Zebra that they now have to take care of (possibly for the rest of their lives). “In the days, weeks and months after diagnosis, every patient will have to figure out how to give their Invisible Cosmic Zebra the care and attention it needs and how to explain it to others (who might not think it exists).” There are 11 how-to chapters in the book that highlight the myriad of funny-but-not-so-funny challenges patients might encounter.
Riley’s workbooks can be 100% personalized so patients can fill in their own solutions to basic universal challenges like how-to eat, sleep and travel with an Invisible Cosmic Zebra. “Even though you might have diabetes and I might have fibromyalgia, we'll both have to figure out how to live with these Invisible Cosmic Zebras in the real world—how to socialize with them and how to worry less about with them. But although we might encounter these same challenges, our solutions to overcoming them will all be different."
With her new workbooks, Riley’s a pioneer who’s bringing to light the invisible experience that millions of chronically ill patients live with every day. The Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection will help newly diagnosed patients, ages teen through young adult, and caregivers/parents of children ages 6-12, better manage their own care. The 100-page workbooks retail for $16.99 and can be found through most online bookstores including Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Doctors who work with invisible illness patients can purchase the workbooks at a discount on www.invisibleillnessbooks.com.
The 18 invisible illnesses featured in the collection include allergies, celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, concussion, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s disease, lupus, Lyme disease, migraines, multiple sclerosis, POTS, PTSD, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome and vestibular disorder.
The Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection is published by Kitanie Books. Kitanie is an award-winning independent publishing house that publishes dynamic collections of coloring books, storybooks and creative how-to workbooks for tweens, teens and young adults. Visit http://www.kitanie.com to learn more.
*NEW WORKBOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2017 INCLUDE: cancer, dysautonomia, endometriosis, gastroparesis, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, mast cell activation syndrome, mitochondrial disease, post concussion syndrome, seizure disorder, thyroid disease and ulcerative colitis.
"Traumatic brain injury survivor Jessie Riley is the founder of Kitanie Books, a large collection of paperbacks designed for kids and adults. Coloring, according to Riley, isn’t just a way to relax, but a proven method of healing after a concussion. Coloring, she learned during her own recovery, is an approved activity during the brain-rest phase after a concussion — and it can actually help rebuild visual-spatial and organization skills. Each of Kitanie’s books features a story and a message, too. This book’s theme is hope, specifically geared toward anyone struggling with an invisible illness."
(Clifton Park Neighbors)
In the weeks following a concussion, doctors teach patients about brain rest. This entails no computer use, social media, video games, text messages, and even reading. In the digital age, brain rest can be difficult for tweens, teens and young adults as they may find it boring in relation to their usual highly stimulating everyday activities. However, one activity this group of adolescents finds entertaining that is not banned, is coloring..."
(San Diego Family)
Coloring, Craft & Activity Books! Expand your child's creativity and imagination with these diverse craft books for kids of all ages (parents will love them too!) These coloring and craft books make the perfect activity for any child.
(Teach Believe Inspire Award, Brain Injury Law Center)
"The January Teach Believe Inspire Award goes to Jessie Riley, an inspiration to the TBI community.
For Jessie, coloring allowed her brain to regain strength in coordinating eye movement and visual tracking, without causing further energy imbalance in her brain. Over eleven weeks of therapy, she consistently worked on her coloring, choosing hues like blue and green, which offered a calming influence that gave her brain the perfect medium for healing..."
(Tampa Bay Parenting)
"Kitanie Coloring Books are not your typical coloring books - think of them as "the evolution of the coloring book." Each coloring book has an uplifting theme and is perfect for adults and kids alike!
"Coloring books become a mindful alternative to excessive screen time and the digital eye strain that accompanies it. Riley promotes her coloring books as a form of visual therapy that helped re-wire her brain after experiencing a sports-related concussion..."
Parenting and coloring: Inside the lines - outside the lines?
(TWC National TV News)
Kitanie Books was featured nationally on TWC News. The two part weekend segment ran twice and highlighted how coloring can help during concussion healing and recovery.
(City Parent Magazine, Canada)
"Coloring has scientifically proven health benefits by helping to build visualization and figure ground processing skills and can stimulate healing for brain injury and concussion patients. Suitable for all ages."
(Boca Raton Observer)
"You may be far from childhood, but it’s time to pick up the crayons once again – for your health. The latest craze sweeping the country is coloring for adults, shown to reduce stress, help you relax and boost creativity. Experts say that coloring can benefit those dealing with depression, anxiety, dementia and even PTSD. Plus, beyond the calming effect, adult coloring can help train the brain to focus and exercise fi ne motor skills. While the trend may be new, the premise isn’t: Psychiatrist Carl Jung recommended coloring to patients in the early 1900s, and doctors today continue to do so. In fact, there are coloring clubs popping up across the nation, and publishers are focusing on titles expressly for adults. One such publisher is Kitanie, whose offerings include the intricate “The Dream of the New Earth” and “The Moon Moods Collection,” which allows you to create custom patterns by filling in circles. Makes you yearn for that fresh Crayola smell, doesn’t it? Visit kitanie.com."
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New Kitanie Coloring Book Brings Hope to Brain Injury and Concussion Patients
"Jessie Riley, owner of Kitanie Coloring Books, discovered through her own concussion recovery that coloring rebuilds visual spatial and organization skills, which can be disrupted from a concussion. She has published coloring books to bring hope and recovery to brain injury patients..."
Feeling a little stuck on your holiday shopping lists this season? Grab an eggnog, latte and relax! Kitanie Books ignites the imagination with a collection of coloring books for kids and teens.