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Invisible Illness Week Announces Theme of Hope

Aug 11, 2008
The 2008 National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 8-14, 2008, has announced this year's theme: "Hope Can Grow From the Soil of Illness."

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries, the sponsor of this annual event says, "Illness can signify the loss of one's plans and even dreams, but most often people who live with invisible illness find a new purpose they would not have imagined under any other set of circumstances."

The next month will feature bloggers on the topic of illness, all of who have found a renewed sense of direction, despite the life-altering changes illness has brought into their lives.

Copen, 39, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia at the age of 24 and clearly remembers wondering what her new purpose would be that would get her up on the mornings she could barely move.

"I had always planned to work for a nonprofit doing something to help others, but I never felt I was efficient or empathetic enough because I had not walked in the shoes of those I served. Now, through my illness ministry and books on aspects of coping with illness, I have the chance to use what I experience each day to reach out to others. It's my hope that they will also find hope despite their illness, as they discover that new sense of purpose in the pain."

To learn more about the telephone seminars to be held September 8-12, the invisible illness week awareness outreach products and how to get involved, visit www.invisibleillness.com .
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