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

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Who is Talking About What for Invisible Illness Week Conference?

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We hope you will join us during some of the seminars for
National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week starting tomorrow (Monday, Sept 14)

All times are pacific time, USA
Listen here http://www.invisibleillnessconference.com

Find out all information , speakers and more at http://www.invisibleillnessweek.com

Feel free to pass this along! (In fact, we’d LOVE you to do so!)

SEPT 14

MONDAY – 9 AM
Understanding How we Uniquely Deal with Difficulties in Life
Georgia Shaffer

MONDAY – 12 PM
Finding Health Insurance Coverage with a Pre-existing Condition
Jennifer Jaff

MONDAY – 3 PM
Super Foods for Super-Natural Health
Joanna Faillace

MONDAY – 5:30 PM
Hearts of Gratitude and Joy
Maureen Pratt

SEPT 15

TUESDAY 9 AM
Coping with Chronic Illness in Your Marriage
Bill & Pam Farrell

TUESDAY 12 PM
Coping with Crises on Top of Chronic
Jennifer Saake & Lisa Copen

TUESDAY 3 PM
How to Start a Business When You are Chronically Ill
Kirsten Borrink

TUESDAY 5:30 PM
To to Be Announced
Kelly Rouba

SEPT 16

WEDNESDAY 9 AM

It’s OK to say NO: Building Healthy Boundaries
Jenni Prokopy

WEDNESDAY 12 PM
Parenting When You are Chronically Ill – Chaos and Confessions
Dena Dyer, talking with Lisa Copen

WEDNESDAY 3 PM
Simplifying Your Home and Housework
Marcia Ramsland

WEDNESDAY 5:30 PM
Real Talk About Men and Chronic Illness
Jeff Kenyon

SEPT 17

THURSDAY 9 AM
Find the Job You Desire and Can Do
Rosalind Joffe

THURSDAY 12 PM
When Your Child is Chronically Ill
Jolene Philo

THURSDAY 3 PM
Managing College with a Chronic Illness
Lynn Royster

THURSDAY 5:30 PM
Helping Others Understand Your Pain
Karen Richards

SEPT 18

FRIDAY 9 AM
Applying and Winning Disability Assistance When You Are Chronically Ill
Scott Davis

FRIDAY 12 PM
Being a Teenager with a Chronic Illness
Naomi Kingery

FRIDAY 3 PM
Surgery Preparation
Curtis Dean Hall

FRIDAY 5:30 PM
Closing workshop
Lisa Copen and guests

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Christian Illness Ministry Sponsors 5-Day Virtual Conference Online

09_logo-for-blogSBWIRE – SEPT 14, 2009 / Nearly 1 in 2 people in the USA live with a chronic illness and about 96% of these illnesses are invisible.* Rest Ministries, Inc., the largest Christian organization that serves the chronically ill, and an affiliate of Joni Eareckson Tada’s International Disability Ministry, is encouraging those with illness, friends, family, caregivers, and churches to get involved in their annual outreach, National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 14-20, 2009.

In addition to churches having outreach events for those with chronic conditions, Rest Ministries organizes a 5-day free virtual conference with 20 seminars that can be attended via one’s computer and computer speakers. Seminars are on a variety of topics including marriage, parenting, starting a business, how to apply for disability and more—all when you live with a chronic illness. The seminars are held via Blog Talk Radio and listeners can call in through their phone line with questions.

Well known Christian authors who will be presenting include:

  • Bill and Pam Farrel, best-selling authors; The Marriage Code (Harvest House, 2009)
  • Naomi Kingery, author of Sugar Free Me (Xulon Press, 2008)
  • Dena Dyer, author of Mothers of the Bible (Barbour Publishing, 2009)
  • Georgia Shaffer, author of How Not to Date a Loser (Harvest House, 2008)
  • Joanna Faillace, Certified Biblical Health Coach an author of Super-Naturally Healthy Families Cookbook Devotional
  • Lisa Copen, author of Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend (Rest Publishers, 2008)
  • Maureen Pratt, author of Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain & Illness (Galilee Trade, 2005)
  • Jennifer Saake, author of Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage and Adoption Loss (NavPress, 2005)
  • Marcia Ramsland, author of Simplify Your Life (Thomas Nelson, 2004)
  • Jolene Philo, author of A Different Dream for My Child (Discovery House Publishers 2009)

Lisa Copen, 40, founder of Rest Ministries says, “Many Christians may have a solid walk with the Lord, but the emotional roller coaster of a chronic illness and its constant progression can leave them feeling alone and misunderstood. They are hanging on by a thread and being told they look fine and should just make themselves get up and go to church only adds to the isolation and bitterness of others ‘not getting it.’ The emotional scars can be harder to cope with than the actual illness.”

Copen, who has lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since the age of twenty-four, ended up in the hospital for a week last fall fighting off the flesh eating bacteria in an ankle wound. We never know what the next day will hold,” she explains. “It is so important that there is good communication between those who are ill and their loved ones, as well as the church body.”

Did Copen’s circle of friends and church come through for her? “It was an enlightening experience,” she says. “Although I teach others to ask for help, I found out how difficult it is. And then when I did ask for help, I experienced what it is like when you fall through the cracks and everyone thinks someone else is providing both the practical support as well as emotional encouragement.”

Rest Ministries extends their outreach about invisible illness awareness to churches, providing materials to start up HopeKeepers groups, books, cards, tracts, etc. About 96% of those with illness may appear perfectly healthy on Sunday mornings, but may struggle to get out of bed the remainder of the week.

Ken Chambers, Director of Church Relations at Joni and Friends International Disability Center, says, “It is vital that Christians understand the emotional and spiritual trials of those with invisible disabilities, as well as those with visible disabilities. I encourage church leaders to take advantage of the wealth of resources at Rest Ministries and to participate in the National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, which they sponsor annually.”

One can get involved by joining the hundreds of bloggers who are writing about illness in the next few days, by joining the cause on Facebook, and most especially, by tuning in for the conference. All seminars will also be recorded and archived.

See http://www.invisibleillness.com for more information or http://www.restministries.org for the sponsor of this event, Rest Ministries.

*Source: Chronic Care in America, U.S. Census Bureau

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Alternative Medicine Resources – Talking to Your Doctor

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If you are interested in trying an alternative treatment like acupuncture or chiropractic or herbal remedies the important thing is to do our research wisely. About 36% of Americans use some form of alternative medicine or treatment according to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

To find a professional, the National Library of Medicine has a search engine where you can type in a specific treatment, an organzation, or a name, to find referrals in your area.

The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine also has a variety of fact sheets that can help you think about the issues to consider and questions to ask. For many patients, knowing how to bring up the topic with his or her doctor can be difficult. There is a fact sheet called, “Tips for Talking With Your Health Care Providers About CAM.”

Other fact sheets include:

About Herbal and Dietary Supplements

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The “Dispensary of Hope” Offers Medications

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Every time we hear about medications being distributed for free at low cost it seems we don’t qualify. But I still believe that if you need the medications, you should continue to pursue every resource you hear about because you never know when you may find the service that works for you!

Perhaps The Dispensary of Hope could be one of your options (Don’t you love that name? I kind of wish that was Rest Ministries tag line, “The Dispensary of Hope.) This organization is “a young and growing not-for-profit network of prescription drug contributors, collection and distribution sites, and dispensing medical centers – all designed to assist people who can’t afford needed drugs (income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines) and lack the insurance to cover them.”

They even have a mail-order pharmacy to provide direct patient access to assistance programs.

According to them, about 1,000 medical practices in the U.S. donate drug samples that otherwise would be  destroy (worth tens of millions of dollars) . They are donated to a 30-location med dispensary system and this system hands out  100,000 prescriptions a year to low-income patients.

For details see “How it Works” at their web site. They also have a blog with M-F posts from guest bloggers. With the USA’s healthcare reform on the table, you will find some interesting information here including a recent post, Increasing Medicaid Enrollment + Doctor Shortage + Fewer Docs taking Medicaid = Tough times for those in need.



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Do You Live in Australia? Got Pain?

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Check out the Pain is Not Invisible Project of Australia! It’s sponsored by the Chronic Pain Australia Association which incorporated in 2006.

It’s estimated about 1 in 5 Australians live with chronic pain.

If you are one of them, you can register if you deal with chronic pain.

Very cool! Wish we had this in the USA.

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What Really Matters on the 4th of July?

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In just a few minutes it will be the 4th of July here in the USA. The biggest news in San Diego is that you are not allowed to drink beer or any alcoholic beverages on the beach, but you can float in the ocean water and drink. I asked my husband, “So what does that mean? All the drinking dads will say, ‘Sure, hon, I’ll watch the kids swim’ and then there will be a bunch of drinking out on the water by people who can’t even swim?” A lifeguard’s nightmare for sure.

I tried to think of what ministries or highlights I could share with you that may be of interest on this important day. Here are some I think you may find an interest in. Don’t miss the video at the end. It’s about 5-minutes but wonderful.

Unite the USA is a ministry of Carrie Beth and Stacie Stoelting, sisters who are dear friends of mine who have an amazing amount of energy for all the ministries they have, including Bright Light Ministry.

The Western center for Law & Policy is the nonprofit organization by one of our best friends, Dean Broyles. (We’re actually spending the 4th with him and his wife and kids.) You may be interested in their monthly newsletter that describe the religious rights cases he is fighting (and winning!). Last month Dean received national press attention when a case of a pastor being told by San Diego county that he needed a permit to have small group Bible studies in his home became national news. (The county dropped the case.)

Christian Military Fellowship is an association of believers who are committed to encouraging Men and Women in the United States Armed Forces, and their families, to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are an indigenous ministry serving all elements of that society including all military services, all ranks, family members, civilian employees, all Christian denominations and traditions. Within the military society, our members, staff and constituents work to introduce people to Jesus Christ and help Christians to grow in faith.

Christian Military Wife Central is also a great site for women who can support one another during these difficult times.

Call 2 Fall is an effort to remind Christians of the scripture, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7:14). They are asking Christians all over the country to fall on their knees and kneel at least 3 to 5 minutes before the Lord wherever they may gather that day. Find out why our nation needs to fall to our knees.

In God We Trust Free Patriotic Christian Flash Movie
We’ve all heard how our founding fathers had a deep belief in Christ, but have you actually read some of their quotations lately? This video is a wonderful, goose-bumpy-feeling reminder of why the USA is blessed and why we should fall to our knees.

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Happy 4th of July. I know many of you may be at home alone today and may not feel very “happy” but we do have much to be grateful for. I never like to comfort myself by thinking there is someone worse off than myself, but do remember today, that even if you are mad about your health insurance, frustrated with the government, or annoyed with your pastor, you have been give the gift of freedom to speak out about it and not end up in prison because of it. We have much to be grateful for.

Blessings,

Lisa

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$500 Scholarship for Student Who Uses a Wheelchair

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Do you or someone you know use a wheelchair? The AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship is a program AmeriGlide offers to full time college students who use wheelchairs.

Their goal is to help provide financial assistance for books or other school related supplies to deserving mobility challenged students.

This $500 scholarship is available twice a year for the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Requirements

  • Must be enrolled at an accredited two or four year college
  • Must use a manual or electric wheelchair
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must complete application and submit response to essay question by July 31, 2009
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or hold a valid student visa

Application for Instructions

  • Application must be completed no later than July 31, 2009. For mailed applications, they must be post marked by July 31, 2009.
  • Essays must be submitted as part of the online application form, have a minimum of 500 words, and be submitted in English.
  • You can submit up to two character references from your teacher or any other non-related third party. After you complete the application, you will receive a confirmation email that provides further instructions about submitting your references.


This Years Essay Question

Please choose only one of the following essay questions:

  • What area of your school do you think would benefit from improved accessibility and how would you improve it?
  • What area of your school do you feel has excellent accessibility and why?
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