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Be sure to listen to Jenni's II Week Presentation "Overcoming Self Defeating Behaviors When You are Chronically Ill." She's had more listeners than anyone else at over 1500! Thanks, Jenni!

The onset of a chronic illness can drastically alter the course of your life! When your health brings you dark days, remember that at the end of every storm ... there is a rainbow!

The authors of “After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond” know all about what you are experiencing; they are living life filled with optimal health, while coping with chronic illnesses themselves. This book is jam-packed with life improving information, uplifting inspirational quotes, poems and exercises to help you develop the essential coping skills you need to move forward and get the most out of your life. They are also offering a donation to Rest Ministries with every purchase of the book.

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5 Ways to Create Clear Positive Thoughts to Help Relieve Pain

HopeKeepers Magazine Updates
We are in the processing of deciding how to proceed with our magazine. We keep hearing wonderful things about but with the economy, no one is advertising! We will keep you posted. Many magazines are shutting down right now (sadly, especially Christian ones) and we don't want to do that! We may substitute the complete magazine online in a digital format and just print the minimum necessary to get by. We'll keep you posted, but yes, the last issue was Jan/Feb/March that shipped in March. We aren't particularly happy about the delay either (yes, Lisa does lose sleep over it) but we do want to honor your trust and gift of supporting us.

Don't forget! You can get a complimentary issue by ordering anything in our store (even a $.50 item) and we'll stick one in your envelope. Even if you already have one it's another one to drop off at your local doctor's waiting room.


Did you know... this newsletter is posted on its own blog! Each section is posted separately under different categories and then the whole ezine is also posted as a text file.

This means you can search fast for what you read in a previous issue, get a Widget to put it on your own web page or blog and also comment on the articles... which we hope you will do!

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Think no one gets your illness? Guess what? Some people really do... here are some of our favorites from authors who understand!

Why Can't I Make People Understand? Discovering the Validation Those With Chronic Illness Seek and Why
By Lisa Copen
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You Look So Good!
By Sherri Connell
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Beyond Casseroles: 505
Ways to Encourage a
Chronically Ill Friend

By Lisa Copen
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"Not By Sight" helps friends and family to see the courage and faith that abounds in those with debilitating conditions.

Just Fine: Unmasking Concealed Chronic Illness And Pain
By Carol Sveilich
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Hi Friends,Lisa Copen

Thanks for being patient as this ezine was delayed the last few weeks while we had Invisible Illness Week. Wow! What a week that was! I've posted some details below, but if you weren't able to listen in to the 20 seminars, I encourage you to zip on over to Blog Talk Radio where they are hosted and see what topics would encourage you today. The exact web site where all the seminars are posted is . You can also send an email to a friend about a particular seminar, or post the code on your own web site for a the programs or a specific one. We'd love for them to be shared! So far, we've reached over 8000 listeners!

On a personal note, instead of having surgery in 2 hours on my right hand I am sitting up on the computer, working on getting this ezine out.Surgery had been postponed. And I am bummed.

The edema I suffered with in my right foot the week of II week turned into cellulitis on Sunday, with a trip to the emergency room, and then another one to the doctor today since it’s abscessed.

Isn’t life unpredictable?

So… for the moment I am glad my right arm is not in a cast, but I have been a “patient in pain” for the last few days, barely able to walk, etc. and surgery hasn’t even occurred yet.

Why do I want to have surgery? Well, for one, I was all mentally prepared. I had the next 3 weeks crossed off on my calendar.

Plus, the surgeon also expressed his concern that my hand did need taken care of soon before a major tendon ruptured (My right wrist bone is pretty big and sawing down the few tendons I have left in that hand). I can’t pick up a mug of coffee, put on shoes, turn the steering wheel, nothing, without it clicking and being in pain.

But, being a patient on auto-immune suppressant medications… and now an infection… there is no way surgery can happen right now.

Most healthy people may think, “Oh, no big deal; so you have to reschedule.” But it you are like me, you know the recovery period is much longer than typical for any surgery when you deal with illness. I also will have a cast that goes about my (bent) elbow on a shoulder that needs joint replacements. So my mom had flown down from Oregon for 2 1/2 weeks to help pick my son up from school, entertain him, take care of me, etc. It just throws everything off, ya know?

I know God has rearranged all of this for some reason, but He didn’t consult me on the convenience factor. I had a good plan! And am a bit whiny about it (can you tell?) In 15 years of rheumatoid arthritis, the last 3 days ranks up in there in the "most pain" category.

So please be patient with me. My mom is helping me get orders our, and we are trying to keep up with emails, but I know I've not as quick to respond as some of you had hoped and I've disappointed a few. I literally have been taking life minute by minute and have spent free time either in bed with my foot propped up with ice or in a waiting room.

Thanks so much for your continual prayers.

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Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Director and Founder

PS: Can you eat ice cream? We love yummy good causes! Coldstone is having a free "World’s Largest Ice Cream Social" on Thursday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at every Cold Stone Creamery! Throughout September, Cold Stone Creamery sold Make-A-Wish wall stars to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Thursday night a 3-oz free serving will be given to you by Emily, one of the children, called, "Emily's Creation - Nutter Butter® ice cream with White Chocolate Chips, Kit Kat® and Yellow Cake." How can you resist? Find a location near you! (Thanks to Susan Singbusch who sent this in!)

Yes! I can make a donation to help Rest Ministries continue their outreach!

Rest Ministries Soon To Have All
Shipping Done by Outside Source

More on this next week, but if you wondered why I was a bit frazzled last week instead of resting after II Week, it's because we are sending all our inventory to a warehouse in Indiana who does shipping for a large Christian organization and who will be taking it over for us. I don't know if many of you know this, but since 1997 every item ordered has come from my garage. I package each little baggie with brochures, the books, stuff the envelopes, put the postage on, and drive it over to the post office. It takes about 10-15 hours or more a week (traffic is an hour to the post office and back I have to take it to) and stuffing packages is getting more difficult with my hand problems too. God answered a huge prayer on this! I'll let you know more information soon but bottom line is...

  1. your packages will ship faster plus come from a more centrally located are in the USA (not San Diego);
  2. we'll have tracking #;
  3. the physical strain on my body will lessen;
  4. it will free up a lot of time for me to be more available for ministry programs, like HopeKeepers groups and other areas.

I was supposed to have it all ready to go this week, before surgery. Mom and are are over half done, since every items needs stuffed into bags, labeled, etc. and then a perfect inventory count. So keep praying God multiplies our time and gives us moments of sanity so our numbers are right!

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A New Store!

Since we're moving all our shipping to another location... I decided months ago we needed to upgrade our store, . I am about 1/2 way done completing this and hope to have it finished in the next couple of weeks (everything I schedule right now comes with a "Lord willing..." attitude though). The new store will have features like the ability to see what others have also purchased, to write a review and have it posted, to see what is new, on sale, or even put in a coupon code. We hope it will be easier to navigate and find what you need! Stay tuned for details.

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Don Piper Ministries Impacted by Hurricane Ike

A prayer reminder, the office of Don Piper Ministries, (Don Piper is the author of 90 Minutes in Heaven and the pastor who lives with daily chronic pain,) will be closed until further notice due to the lingering effects of Hurricane Ike. Please continue to pray for the people who lived in the path of this incredibly destructive storm. Don Piper Ministries will be active in the restoration of the Houston Metro area.



In Fireproof, Caleb Holt tells his father that he is about to get a divorce. Caleb's dad asks him to wait 40 days before moving forward. Dad's challenge: work a day-at-a-time through a handwritten book he calls The Love Dare. Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home, but it doesn't have to stay that way.

This book, The Love Dare, is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take.

Central to the movie's plot, The Love Dare, now available, is hands-on study that both men and women can integrate into their marriages.


Dear Lisa, I pray you are doing as well as can be expected. I am doing pretty good. I wanted to share some things my doctor said to me this past Monday, as I thought it would be a blessing to many to hear what a wonderful Christ filled doctor thinks. He has been my doc now about 6 years and the Lord has truly blessed me and husband Dana. I live with many illnesses and conditions most have left me pretty much home bound.

Anyway, I have been treated for depression now for years due to my brain injury, and so I asked the doctor "How does one gets past those that do not believe us or understand?"

This is what he said: "One having depression is like one that has Parkinson's disease, as one can not help if they get that just like. One can not help if the have depression." He said these people that say to us to just "get over it" or "move on" or whatever unkind remarks … don't even try to justify your depression for them because they will never understand. And that depression is real and it is treatable.

He said he gets very upset when anyone gives us a hard time, as we can not help it. And if they do not like it-- too bad for them.
This doctor is a blessing; without him. . . well I do not think I would be here today. First being Jesus, then my Hubby and fur baby, and many friends, and my doctor and you all.

So there is a few words of encouragement that I pray will help others to know that not all doctors are bad. It took me a long time to find him, but Praise the Lord I have.

I have many things wrong with me now --too many to write out! But I will gladly share with with anyone that would like to contact me. Thanks, sweetie, I am still a prayer warrior for our Lord and am honored to serve him in any way he wants me to. Love You all Bev in FL

We need your stories! We know many of you have shared them with others in different areas of our web site. Please share a bit about yourself, what illness is teaching you, your struggles, whatever!

> Click here to submit your own story

"That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and long-suffering with joy; Colossians 1:10-11(NKJV)


Doctors are Told... "Can You Just be Nice?"

According to Paul Levy's blog, a Perspectives column in the New England Journal of Medicine "suggests that doctors enhance their relationship with patients when they deal with [them] in a polite manner." Well, that's a good start!

Tired of those Telemarketers?

Cell phone numbers went public to telemarketers September 23, which means you will now receive these calls and be charged for them! To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It's supposed to block your number for 5 years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number. They state you can also go to but we're calling from our cell phones just to be sure!

Michael W. Smith's New
CD Will Inspire You

Lisa has loved Michael's music since she was 17 and a friend sent her the record with the song "Friends...are friends forever if the Lord's the Lord of them." (And we still are friends, over 25 years later! Hi, Jean!) You won't want to miss at least clicking over to hear Michael's new CD A New Hallelujiah, guaranteed to lighten your load for a few minutes today. It was recorded LIVE this past June in front of 12,000 people in Houston, TX. The record features The African Children’s Choir, a 200 voice choir, and a special guest appearance by 2008 Grammy Award-Winner, Israel Houghton. It is Michael’s passion to bring the LIVE WORSHIP experience back to the front of all of his ministry.

Fast Facts About Generic Drugs

See this nice little fact sheet that, in simple terms, explains the differences between generic and brand name medication. One thing we noticed was this fact sheet promoted the use of generic drugs (rather than getting those expensive ones!) But some people can be very sensitive to generic medications and have side effects that they won't have with name-brand drugs, because the "filler" is different. If a generic drug is causing you a lot of problems, you may want to switch to the brand name before switching to a different generic medication. Your doctor may have to write an approval note so your insurance will cover the brand-name drug.


Coming Soon!

Seriously... Lisa is excited to get to this awesome form of ministry outreach this fall. Now that her son is in school, she can actually do some recording without you hearing race cars in the background!

Log on at the Hope Endures web site to hear the broadcast. You can either listen to it online, with your MP3 or ipod player, or... you can call a phone number and listen to it over the phone. Stay tuned... because once we have a selection of shows they will also be available on CD.


Thank you to our kind friends who tell us how Rest Ministries is making a difference. We share this with you, not to toot our own horn, but because so many of YOU ARE our ministry! Your kindness to strangers in the Sunroom, your answering prayer requests, writing devotionals, or encouraging devotional writers... You are all appreciated and we want you to hear just how much God uses you ever day!

Thanks so much to all of you who helped out with Invisible Illness Week! Here are a few emails we wanted to share.

The II Week cards will go out in the congregations boxes before Sunday's service, at which I have asked to speak briefly to living with chronic illness. Absolutely love the bracelet, it's perfectly adorable. Shared two rack cards and two of the magnets with friends today who also suffer, and have two cards and fridge magnets to give to another two friends over the next few days, 2 of them suffer with invisible illnesses, one's spouse does, and the others son does. I have referred them all to both web sites I find the daily promises and devotionals to be such an incredibly wonderful way to start each day. Thank you for all that you are doing. Peace of Christ be with you. - Kim

Kelley was interviewed by her local paper and sent us this! "The interview went well & the pictures 'hopefully' will come out great! They photographed me with some HopeKeepers magazines, the book Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend as well as my mini-van window cling with the roller-coaster I don't know how many/which pictures will be used though. Publication may not occur until Sept. 9th but, at least it will get in early so people can still participate. I will email and mail you a copy of the article for your files. Enjoy your day! Kelley Hornberger

--Update! Read the article "Purpose from Pain Initiative Offers Support for People with Invisible Illnesses"
. Kelley shares, "I've now received 2 calls from women who were thankful to hear they aren't alone & there are resources out there for them! The one woman doesn't have internet, so I gave her Rest Ministries phone number. I'm also mailing her the last Hopekeepers magazine as well as other Rest Ministry materials I have on hand, and that silver ribbon pin you blessed me with. She was grateful for this stuff as well." Thanks, Kelley! Awesome article!

Special thanks to Michele Williams who was one of our seminar presenters for Invisible Illness Week. (Listen here) She writes..."My husband/pastor, Dr. James E. Williams of Desert Sun Baptist Church, in Glendale Arizona, has been a great supporter and advocate for the National Invisible Illness Week from the onset. This year we have chosen to give a copy of the book, Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways To Encourage A Chronically Ill Friend, by Lisa Copen, founder and director of Rest Ministries and Invisible Illness Week, to each family in our church. We hope to continue to bring awareness that with 1 in 2 people having an invisible illness, it is extremely important that we educate ourselves on how to care for everyone in our family as well in our church, who is hurting; whether it is physically, mentally, or spiritually. We encourage other churches to partner with this incredible ministry to those with chronic invisible illnesses and bring hope to those who are hurting within their own congregation and community. God Bless, Michele Williams"

[Note, if for some reason the link doesn't work for her presentation, all presentations are here at Blog Talk Radio and hers is called, "Illness & Faith: Does Faith Make a Difference?" Sometimes as BTR retrieves your time zone information it can break the link]

What do kids think about love and marriage?

In honor of it being "Fireproof" your marriage week we thought we'd share this video.

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People are always asking, "How can I help Rest Ministries?" With the internet, it's easy to help spread the word. With just a few of us working together to write a review someone or "Stumble Upon" an article, Rest Ministries can gain tons of exposure without having to spend a dime! We'll share a suggestion here each week, where if you can take a minute it will help us reach more people!

Go to our Invisible Illness Week audio programs and email friend's the links to different shows you think they would enjoy! Just click the share button!

Take our Poll! Some weeks we will have a poll and whenever we do we will randomly choose a winner and mail you a book or other special gift.
Lisa is tired... check back next week for a new survey!
Take the Poll - you could win a prize!
We'll announce the weekly winners here too.

Ask Rosalind Joffe, author of a new book and chronic illness coach on careers, a question! She will be presenting at II Week and would love to hear any work-related questions you have. What do you tell a potential boss during an interview? What is you can no longer work full-time but want to ask you boss about working part time at home?

Send them in!

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You can still answer our past surveys! It helps us a lot as we use your comments, suggestions, etc. to write articles, educate churches, etc.

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As I recently posted a blog on my frustrations over an infection ruling out the planned surgery, Rhonda shared this quote with me. I loved it and have clung to it and wanted to share it with you.

 “When God is really serious about doing a speedy work in a saint, He’ll stop everything. All forward movement grinds to a halt. Because to do the quicker work, God waits. Everything stops, the flame gets turned on high, and the refining process is accelerated. Waiting is the hottest flame, but when embraced properly it becomes the catalyst to an accelerated learning curve. What would have normally taken ten years in your heart will now be done in three.” (pages 143-144).

Pain, Perplexity & Promotion: A Prophetic Interpretation of the Book of Job by Bob Sorge

Did you know we really need your prayers? In the last few months we've had volunteers who have suffered heart attacks, lost their home, lost a loved one, had additional illnesses diagnosed and more.

Our ministry is blessed, but at the same time we have computer crashes, administrative issues and all kinds of things that just remind us that though God is in control, the enemy desperately wants to slow us down! We have a great list of things you can pray for us about for 2008. Print it out here and stick it in your Bible or on your fridge, and remember us, okay? It's very appreciated!

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