The Ministry of Lisa Copen

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

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Free Online Seminar – Back To School Checklist for Special Needs Kids

parentI’ve found we have a number of parents who may or may not have a chronic illness themselves but do have a child with special needs. In the I saw this posted in the Disability Resource Exchange and wanted to pass it along: Parents of Children with Special Needs: Sign up for Free Teleseminar on Getting Ready for the School Year.

It is Wednesday, August 19, 12 noon Eastern Time. Joan Celebi, Ed.M., CLC, Founder and President of will be sharing her checklist for back to school time with a child with special needs.

We’ll talk about how to ease the family’s transition into the school routine, tips for starting the school year off right with your child’s teachers, and how to take advantage of the unique opportunity September brings to start creating a more manageable, balanced life for you and your family.

Click here for details and interesting comments!

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Medication Commercials – Are They Out of Hand?

We’ve all watched them, and most of us with a chronic illness have had a laugh or even a shout out to the TV. I’ve shared my irritation in the past that a person with rheumatoid arthritis (my illness) can be shown in a commercial from being practically bed-ridden to playing tennis and swinging the racquet over her head in what appears to be just days if not hours.

And most of us have been told by a well-meaning friend “I saw a commercial for ___. Have you tried that?” (Answer: Yes, I’ve been on it for 10 years… that and steroids and anti-inflammatories, and vocdoin and about 10 other things that would freak you out if I started listingthem…)

No, just kidding. I don’t actually say that part out loud and explain all that but I have said, “Life is not like the commercials.”

Here is some news:

Defenders of the direct-to-consumer drug advertising say this is a way to educate consumers and let them know of medical advances. But some critics say the ads do great harm, and reflect a pharmaceutical industry that has run amok.

This article/opinion piece from the New York Times has a debate on this issue with some key people. If you are interested in what the future of drug commercials could be, it’s an interesting piece to read.

Participants include:

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