The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

So Many People Online Do Care…

My social Network on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter...
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As many of you know I am trying to prepare for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. I am excited about September’s virtual conference! And this year I am becoming more active on the social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

What I have found is thousands of people who have so much passion for whatever illness or condition they are dealing with. For instance, if you search Twitter for #autism you will see hundreds, if not thousands, of people – both moms and dads — who are not only sharing their story with others, but who are advocates for the illness itself.

Blogs and Twitter have given every person a voice. And it’s also provided resources for those who want to talk about the topic. A mom no longer just vents about her frustrations over her child’s IEP (Individualized Education Plan) but can also share her challenge with other moms and give and receive advice.

She can provide a link for people to find out about what bills are in congress to get more services. She can link to a news story about the schools in her community cutting services because of the budget and urge people to make a few phone calls.

She may provide links to coupons for products that may be helpful, interesting facts about the illness, and links to inspiring videos.

And not only can she do all of this with her online community, but it can keep all the information in one place, so that the mom-friends she hangs out with at the park can find it all too without having to worry about brochures that are smashed at the bottom of  a diaper bag.

I’m the first to admit that I’ve spend some wasted hours on the computer but even those wasted hours have introduced me to some amazing people (like you) who have such a passion for Jesus and what He is doing in your life.

You are also a voice, and sometimes the only one it can seem, that speaks out about not just what is happening in our world, but how you find true hope by knowing that the Lord is in control of all of your circumstances, even when the news isn’t all that positive.

Sometimes I am torn about what to post and what not to post here. I think it’s important, for example, for people who are declaring bankruptcy because of health bills (see story below) to know that they are not alone and that it’s not a situation to be ashamed of, but rather the result of a system that is flawed.

And yet, do we really want to read about one more negative thing in the morning about our illness?

I’m always on the look out for GOOD news and how Jesus is making a difference in your day, in this world. I love to find amazing ministries who are quietly serving others and let you know about them. Please always feel free to drop me a link if you find such a story.


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  Lambert wrote @

To control the pain we must attend to the specialist because we can give him what is appropriate and what we need, for example I take hydrocodone, vicodin which is medicine used to counter the chronic pain that I have for years, but I rioja prescribing doctor, I take it in moderation because I read in findrxonline which is a medicine that causes anxiety, and we must control it as it can affect your nervous system, so do not take medicines without consultation because it really can be dangerous.

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