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
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:
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
* 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!
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 ClinicalTrials.gov
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. Its a matter
of deep consideration and prayer, but you can find
out about what trials are taking place here ClinicalTrials.gov
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