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#71 - 8.26.09


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We're Getting Ready for Invisible Illness Week!
We are having guest bloggers and updates daily. Be sure to visit the web site and sign up for email updates so you don't miss anything.

Have You Gotten Your II Week Goodies Yet?
We have buttons, rack cards, bumper stickers, cool tote bags and more, including one of the best books, You LOOK So Good! Order today to get your items in time!

Comfort Zone Bookstore
Have you visited our new store? Don't forget to go through all of the screens to complete your order. Just keep following instructions on each page. (A few people haven't hit the final "complete order" button and so payment hasn't come through.)

Wanna Peek at New Web Site?
We are flipping our site over to be more interactive and you can check it out a bit early if you want at . You can post comments on articles this way and sign up to be updated via email whenever something new appears. Very cool! Feedback? To access all older stuff click "site index" at top of page.


Are You on Facebook?
We have a HopeKeepers Online group [you need to be a Facebook member first] We meet for Bible studies. Rest Ministries/HopeKeepers also has a new "Fan Page" (for lack of a better term).

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Lisa Copen
Hello, my friend,,

I hope you are having a blessed week. I know that some days it can all seem like more than we can bear. Those are the times I just hang on and try to "choose joy." I'm looking forward to my workshop during Invisible Illness Week with Jennifer Saake about "Coping with Crises on Top of Chronic." I know many of you are in the middle of a crisis right now and it may not even have anything to do with your illness. It's just another part of life. How do you hold on? Jenny and I'd love to hear your feedback here at her guest blog for II Week.

(You can find out who our other speakers and topics are at the II Week web site here)

In the last week my son started first grade, I had one of my worst flares with a pinched nerve in my back, Josh has gotten his first cold "bug" from school and been home 2 days (and counting) sick and I'm hoping I'm not getting it. But good news! I am hopeful that I am not yet diabetic since my lab tests showed yesterday that my blood sugar had gone back down, but I am still fighting infections. And I hit a weight loss of 20.5 lbs (about 64 to go...)

I'm also getting ready for Invisible Illness Week and had the opportunity to host the Grand Rounds Blog Carnival last week, which is why you didn't get a newsletter. Sorry!

I'm also excited about our new web site and how it's coming together. It will give you lots of updating articles and news bits and we have writers standing by who want to get involved.

This week I blogged about:

* Joni and Friends Celebrates Anniversary (Read about how I met Joni and started my ministry too)
* 6 Reasons I Support Invisible Illness Week (edit this and pass it on on!)
* 50 Things… (About me)
* Sensory Processing Book Has New Edition
* Should I Treat Pain with Heat or Ice?
* Herb May Offer Hope for Autoimmune Diseases
* Alternative Medicine Resources – Talking to Your Doctor
* Got a Cough?
* Is Fibromyalgia a Spectrum of Conditions?
* The “Dispensary of Hope” Offers Medications
* Doctors Offices Sometimes Fail To Inform You of Negative Lab Tests
* I Need Some Space... Space Mountain that is!

You can read them all here. If you can't find what you're looking for just put the title in the "search" box.

I saw this fantastic website this week, and thought it would be perfect to share with you!

Have you ever stopped by ?

Would you be interested in participating in a clinical trial? If so, you could be introduced to a newer medication that could help your illness tremendously that may not be on the market for a few years. Or… you could end up on the placebo. It’s a matter of deep consideration and prayer, but you can find out about what trials are taking place here and read more about understanding clinical trials from resources put together by Duke University here .

Thanks again for spending a few minutes with me today. I pray that you will have that assurance that God will never leave you or forsake you, even during the darkest moments.

A nice reminder... 1 John 2:17 "The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."

God bless you,

Lisa Copen, Rest Ministries Founder
Rest Ministries Chronic Illness Pain Support

Lisa's Kiddo Started 1st Grade This Week!
A lot of you remember the days when she was waiting (forver it seemed) to adopt. Thanks for celebrating with her!

HopeKeepers Magazine
Somewhere between fighting infections and buying school supplies Lisa is working on the next HopeKeepers Magazine. We'll let you know when it is out! And we have also reduced the price to $5 to access the entire online version.

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