There is one ribbon with a particularly wonderful meaning. The green ribbon stands for hope, courage, and faith.
For many people with serious illnesses, there is little or no hope of a cure in this life. Yet, for all people there is a hope of a perfect life for all eternity. This hope is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. I Peter 1:18-21 explains, “18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” This faith and this hope in God can give people the courage to face the difficulties that come into their lives.
To me it was a lot of fun to look through all the different ribbons and see what they stand for and imagine how they would have been picked for their particular cause. To read more about ribbons and the causes they represent, check out this article at Wikipedia. Below are pictures of some ribbons that may stand for causes with which you are familiar. Perhaps one stands for the invisible illness that you have, or the illness that you know someone else is struggling with. Which ribbon or ribbons represent your cause? Is there an illness which you would like to make people more aware of? (I’m sorry if some of the colors don’t look quite right. I tried to make them look as close to the right color as possible.)
Silver or White
The first ribbon here represents invisible illnesses of any kind. The ribbon for this cause is usually silver or white.
The second ribbon is as close to a zebra ribbon as I could get. :-) It represents rare diseases, carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors, and Ehler’s-Danlos Syndrome.
A blue ribbon represents a variety of causes, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, colon cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and arthritis.
An orange ribbon stands for multiple sclerosis. It can also stand for leukemia.
The gray ribbon represents asthma and brain cancer. It can also be used to represent diabetes, though this condition is more often represented by the blue circle, as assigned to it by the International Diabetes Foundation.
A yellow ribbon is representative of bone cancer.
It is also the color chosen for encouraging support for our troops. Thank God for those who fight for our freedoms and are willing to sacrifice their lives for our country.
Yellow is a hopeful color as it is sometimes used to represent giving a prisoner a second chance at life.
Jade Green represents hepatitis B and liver cancer. Liver cancer can be a tenacious disease, hard to treat and often fatal. A little over a year ago, my cousin’s wife Linda began treatments for liver cancer. She was doing quite well and was to finish up chemo treatments the end of September. However, now they have found that this cancer has spread to her lungs. Please pray for Linda. You can learn more about her and how to pray for her by visiting her CaringBridge site.
Burgundy is the color chosen to raise awareness for adults with disabilities. It also represents brain aneurysms and migraines and other headache disorders.
Purple represents a number of different illnesses. Some of these include Lupus, fibromyalgia, Cystic Fibrosis, Alzheimers, and pancreatic cancer.
The pink ribbon is well known as the ribbon for breast cancer.
White, clear, or pearl white
A white, clear, or pearl white ribbon is used to promote awareness of lung cancer.
Lavender was selected as the color for raising awareness for cancers of all kinds. The lavender ribbon also stands for epilepsy.
There are many other ribbons and causes, but to cover them all would take more time and space than is available here. I hope this helps bring awareness of the wide variety of disease which affect our family, friends, and neighbors every day. If I did not represent your cause here, feel free to add a comment and let me know what your cause is and which ribbon is representative of it.
Thank you for stopping by this National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!