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#69 - 8.05.09


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A Woman's Health
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by Lisa Copen is back in print
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For a disability lawyer, it’s a dream. Women will come prepared and confident to all health-related conversations.
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This week's section here is a little different. Just wanted to give you a heads up on "my life" so you know what is then going on with Rest Ministries as well.

I'm busy planning Invisible Illness Awareness Week. As you likely know Rest Ministries began this in 2002 as our annual outreach. We have over 12,000 listeners to last year's shows of our 5-day virtual conference. So head on over to my other web site to read daily blogs, guest blog posts, announcements and more. The week is September 14-20 and preparing for it is where a lot of my Rest Ministries time is being spent. Right now I have over 300 emails in my inbox. I am trying to keep up! We have our list of speakers about ready (a few will get back to me on their time) and we will soon start announcing prizes!

My son starts 1st grade August 20th so we are heading up to Los Angeles this weekend for four days, 3 days at Disneyland. I've discovered a wheelchair can be a very good am going to pace myself and accept help.

I have a rheumatologist appointment tomorrow (well, it's 1:30 a.m., so it's actually in 8 hours). After that I schedule appointments with the eye doctor (one eye has worse vision, I can tell); the foot doctor (1/2 my left foot has been numb for about a month- that can't be good!); the dentist (chipped a molar about 2 months ago and haven't made it yet); and... the hand surgeon. (My left hand now has my far right two fingers dislocating themselves from the joint bones - not good).

So I know I am blessed to go to Disneyland with my family, yet I am coming back to a whole lot of maintenance this fall.

I suspect due to financial times Rest Ministries is not many orders at all. To anyone who has purchased something THANK YOU! It's how we make it financially. If you are able to browse our store, and make a purchase every little bit counts. We have some cool Invisible Illness Week goodies like tote bags as well as silicone bracelets, bumper stickers and cards to share with friends.

I've been on Nutrisytem for about 18 weeks and have lost 18 lbs. I'm pleased, especially since I can barely walk so exercise has not been happening and I am still on 19 mg of prednisone a day. Yesterday Josh and I spent the morning making mini quiches (no crust) and I'm getting to be a good little "packer" of food when I go to run errands. Thanks to anyone who has been an encouragement. 18 down, 68 to go! I'm not promoting NS... It's not inexpensive, but if you are thinking about it and I refer you we both get $30 off so keep me in mind.

I went to a pretty amazing Wednesday night church service a couple weeks ago during the solar eclipse and the church was packed out with a special speaker who talks about how eclipses are signs in the Bible that God has given us to watch for His return. Pretty exciting stuff! I encourage you to listen. The video archive you can watch is here under Jul-22-2009 - Ray Interviews Mark Biltz.

Other than that, I am just trying to keep up with my 6-year-old. He just graduated to the next karate belt, so has started a new class and is learning (well-padded) weapons. We're hitting kid movies to get some air-conditioning and fun. We went to his first karate tournament (see video collage of photos if interested). He had Vacation Bible School last week, swimmng today, and... well, he was a happy, perfect little boy until about 6 p.m.

My Facebook post was "You know it's been a long day when you are Googling "cat" and "permanent marker." A boy... a cat... a blue pen... (sigh)."



Okay, so on to the actual "content" of this newsletter!


Lisa CopenSo, h How’s your week going? I hope the answer is “wonderfully!" But if it's not so hot, I understand that too (see above! - smile). Sometimes it can seem like the days get more challenging all the time. Feel free to let your hair down here and be honest.

Here is one of the most helpful coping with illness books I’ve seen lately.

"Sugar Free Me" by Naomi Kingery
This is a great book written by Naomi who is in her early twenties and was diagnosed with diabetes as a tween.

She was the first guest on my Hope Endures Radio Program, sharing her story. You can hear at . She is a guest speaker for Invisible Illness Week and her new book, as an ebook, is coming out this month!

She writes with a down-to-earth style that is very sincere, understanding and hopeful. If you know of a tween or teen with a chronic illness, (even other than diabetes) this is a book that will still have a lot to offer from someone who understands what it's like to have to miss events or adapt one's schedule to accommodate life as a teenager with an illness.

If you are an adult with diabetes, you may find the voice of a young person refreshing and you may even discover yourself saying, "If she can handle this situation with that kind of attitude, so can I!" I recommend this book because it's wonderful to read of a young adult, who lives with illness, who also places her strength to get through it in the Lord! Her parents both even work at Joni and Friends International Disability Center.

You can purchase this book at Amazon with this link and Rest Ministries will receive a small portion of the proceeds: (every little bit helps a lot!)

I know that some days can seem like more than you can handle. Remember that the Lord promises to never leave you or forsake you. Cling to that. Even when you don't feel his presence He is still there. I tell my 6-year-old son that God is working "undercover."


Lisa Copen
Founder and Director
Rest Ministries Chronic Illness Pain Support
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