Thank you, friends, for your support
in the last few weeks as I have been recovering
from Invisible Illness Week, then trying to get
organized with "life". We've got a "chore
sheet" for our son on the back of the bathroom
door and he is getting a weekly allowance. I've
attended parent/teacher meetings, and have been
flaring badly through it all. I bought a big thick
daily planner, and then I copy all the stuff for
the week over to the dry erase board. I am just
about organized, and now it wil all soon be going
Yesterday as I limped through
the house I had my own little sports commentary
going on in my head, "And she's coming around
the corner, folks! She's building speed! Oops,
look out, she's losing her balance. . . oh, she's
back in the race!"
Ever feel like you are barely
moving and yet in your head you are running?
(Like when people wait in their car for you to
cross the street and then they look at you like,
"Could you maybe pick up the pace?")
And through it all I've been visiting
many doctors. January or February I will have
cataract surgery, as I have a big one on each
eye "bulls eye" over my retina (glad
I can do something so precise!)
I am scheduled to have hand surgery
November 4--next Wednesday. If all goes as planned,
(no infections!) surgery will just be out-patient
and I will be home that day, with a cast-- for
six weeks! They are rebuilding my left hand, likely
doing some joint replacements and trying to put
a few fingers and tendons back into place.
As much as I would love to have
some of the use of my hand back, I am not looking
forward to any kind of cast on my arm, as my shoulder
bones are "bone on bone" and need replaced
themselves; and the cast will go above the bent
elbow. A couple of years ago a simple hand surgery
sent me into the deepest flare I've had for weeks,
so please pray that it will be more smooth this
My parents arrive soon. Dad will
be here just a few days and mom will help me around
the house and. . . (please pray) with driving.
(Sorry, mom, but you know you hate the freeways
here is San Diego.) I don't know how good of passenger
I will be as she drives me to hand therapy 20
miles away (the closest hand therapist.)
I have newsletters ready to go
out to you in coming weeks and the web site will
have new content every day. I've been doing lots
to prepare for this time I will be off the computer
more than on.
Answering emails will be difficult,
but I will do my best. I have a voice program,
but it doesn't work when I am on pain medications
because my voice slows down too much!
Any way, that is the scoop!
I read this scripture the other
day from The Message:
Matthew 5:14-26 says, "Here's
another way to put it: You're here to be light,
bringing out the God-colors in the world. God
is not a secret to be kept. We're going public
with this, as public as a city on a hill. If
I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm
going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm
putting you on a light stand. Now that I've
put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand-shine!
Keep open house; be generous with your lives.
By opening up to others, you'll prompt people
to open up with God, this generous Father in
heaven." (The Message)
I am going to try to "be
a light." I think that means a "lattern"
kind of soft glow, or a bright light, but not
the red adn blue spinning lights that we see behind
our car. I anticipate not feeling terrific, but
I still have the ability to influence everyone
I come into contact with - and I get to choose
if that influence is positive or negative. I get
to decide if I let people walk away from me encouraged
As you prepare for winter and
pull out your heating pad and comfort items, remember
that God doesn't want to hide you under a bucket
(or in your home.) And sometimes that even means
ASKING for help from others. I am going to try
to take my own advice and do this (unlike last
year when it seemed like everyone assumed someone
else was helping-including my own church where
I fell through the cracks when I most needed them.)
Know you are not alone in your
struggles - with people, spiritually, even with
yourself! I am walking that rough road right beside
you and learning some things the hard way.
I pray that you are blessed in
coming weeks and that the Lord pleasantly surprises
you with His light this season.
I think I can manage 140 characters
picking out the letters with one hand so you keep
up with me at www.lisaontwitter.com
in coming weeks.
Lisa Copen, Rest Ministries Founder
Rest Ministries Chronic Illness Pain Support