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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Why I Began Invisible Illness Week

09_logo-facebookThe last couple of weeks I’ve been juggling more stuff preparing for Invisible Illness Week whihc is Sept 14-20, 2009.

Our web site for #iiwk09 (as known in the Twitter world, you can follow me here) is at www.invisibleillness.com .

You can find articles, guest blog posts, and even a “blog tour” where I am interviewed on different web sites about Invisible Illness Week.

I began this in 2002 and the week has only grown and reached more people because of readers like you who tell their friends about it, post something at Facebook and join our “cause” group there, pass out cards to their support group, and much more.

In fact, the best way to share my heart with you about why I do what I do is to just post my interview here (see above).

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is the annual outreach where Rest Ministries steps back from our every day events and and really shares with nonbelievers where we find our daily strength despite our illness and pain. [And I have to say, it annoys some people that a Christian group came up with this event!]

It’s a time we can invite people to our online seminars during our virtual conference, and give them the chance to be encouraged (and not judged… which many people are in their every day lives.) I hope you will support our efforts by heloing in any way possible. There ae lots of ways to get involved –most of them free and with just a few minutes of your time.

Thank you in advance and thanks for your prayers in pulling this off. With God’s strength (and my surrender — a big challenge) I know it will turn out wonderfully!

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Host Interview with Lisa for Invisible Illness Week Blog Tour

handstypingGuess what? Lisa is doing a blog tour to help spread the word about Invisible Illness Week and we are opening up our calendar so book your blog today! The tour is July 27 – September 13th and Lisa hopes to help spread the word about Invisible Illness Week! How does it work?

You sign up for the day that you would like to post an interview with Lisa on your blog. Lisa has answered a variety of questions about NICIAW and you will receive a unique “article” to post—meaning each post may say something similar but the article in itself is unique.

(We are pointing that out because many blog tours provide all blogs with the same exact article, which can cause Google to see it as duplicate content. The wording of the article for your blog site will be completely unique, so Google will actually like it!)

We provide the article with hyperlinks already embedded into the code and graphics that you can upload.

When you sign up you can also submit 2 questions of your own to Lisa that she will answer and email back to you to post with the interview. You can write the intro paragraph, change the wording of the questions, make it sound “like you.”

We are excited to reach many blogs that represent a wide variety of medical professions, as well as illnesses. If you have to wonder if an illness “applies” – it does. And invisible illness can be anything from cancer to migraines, bipolar disorder to lupus, or fibromyalgia to autism. bk_beyondcasseroles

Every blog host will receive a free copy of Lisa’s book, “Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend.” It’s a paperback book but we will be giving away a free pdf digital version.

Thank you for your influence in the illness community by sharing your own experiences as well as bringing people together. Once your date is confirmed we will:

  • Post your participation on our Twitter accounts, Facebook, My Space, etc.
  • The day your blog posts we will post it on our Twitter as well. We will do a Twitter post of any blog hosts who have a Twitter account
  • It will be added to our mass calendar for II Week
  • The schedule will be announced via a press release at SBWire.com where it will also hit Google News. The schedule will also be posted on all of our social networks, Invisible Illness Week web site, illnesstwitters.ning.com and more.

We are excited to let people discover how many spectacular health, illness and medical bloggers are out there. If you are interested in hosting, please click here to sign up ASAP to grab your preferred slot!

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