Chronic illness is hard, but you are not alone.

Join fellow travelers on this journey through loss and grief, laughter and hope. For no matter how dark the days, how wild the storm or how long the winter, there is hope.

Did You Know?

Chronic Joy Ministry offers awareness materials for chronic illness, which highlight the significant impact of illness on every aspect of life -marriage, family, faith, finances, friendships, education, hobbies and work.

FREE printable Chronic Illness Awareness Fact Sheet creates awareness, grows knowledge and supports education in a quick and easy format with those in your sphere of influence – friends, family, churches, small group communities, co-workers and neighbors.

The DID YOU KNOW? Awareness Campaign features images posted across our social media platforms – Facebook, InstagramTwitterPinterest, and even Linkedin. LIKE or FOLLOW Chronic Joy to see us in your feed, then like and share the images to increase awareness.

Begin the conversation with the question, DID YOU KNOW?

And you will be changing the landscape for half the world’s population living with at least one chronic illness, for 1 in 5 who live with mental illness, and for those caring for someone with a chronic physical or mental illness.

Because the statistics show that either you or someone you love is affected by chronic illness – far more people than most realize.

Together, as we raise awareness, increase knowledge, and utilize educational materials tailored for all who are affected by chronic  illness reminding each other and ourselves that while chronic illness is hard, there is hope.

There is always hope.

DID YOU KNOW?

 

Logo Bullet Chronic illness affects more than half of people (60%)1, 2 – Approximately 155 million people.3

    • 42% have two or more chronic conditions 4
    • Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) – Almost 1/3 of the population lives with more than one chronic condition.5
    • 29% have three or more 4
    • 19% four or more 4
    • 12% have five or more 4

Logo Bullet Invisible illness characterizes approximately 96% of those with chronic illness. 6

    •  25% have illness which limits activity 6

Logo Bullet 2030 projections estimate 171 million people will have a chronic condition 7, which will exceed 60% of the population.4

Logo Bullet The healthcare needs of people with MCC are often complex. 5

    •   71% of all health care spending in the US goes towards treating people with MCC. 5
    •   Although MCC affects a large percentage of working-aged Americans (49% of those aged 45-64), prevalence increases with age – 80% of people 65 and older live with
          MCC. 5 

Logo Bullet Chronic Illness affects 42% of children 8 – Approximately 32 million children (aged 0-17 years) in the US. 9

    • 29 % have two or more chronic conditions.4
    • About 25% of children in the US aged 2 to 8 years have a chronic health condition10

Logo Bullet Approximately 33% of people with chronic illness experience symptoms of depression.11

Click here for detailed statistics.

Featured Books

DISCOVERING HOPE: BEGINNING THE JOURNEY TOWARD HOPE IN CHRONIC ILLNESS

Cindee Snider Re

DISCOVERING HOPE is a 10-chapter study inviting participants to experience radical hope and compassionate change in a life with chronic illness.

No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, how deep the valley or how long the winter, there is hope.

There is always hope.

FINDING PURPOSE: REDISCOVERING MEANING IN A LIFE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS

Cindee Snider Re

WHAT IF PURPOSE LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN WE BELIEVE?

What if purpose isn’t defined by education, gifts or passion, by what we are able to do or by what we’ve lost due to chronic illness?

What if, instead, purpose simply draws us toward God? What if we are called to be instead of to do?

EMBRACING WORTH: UNDERSTANDING YOUR VALUE IN A LIFE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS

Cindee Snider Re

This 10-chapter study powerfully reminds us that our value isn’t found in what we can or cannot do, but in Christ alone. Regardless of what we’ve lost through chronic illness, this isn’t the end of our story, for in spite of our circumstances, in the midst of the hard, when we’re not sure we can take even one more breath, God is still good.

I TAKE YOU IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH: MARRIAGE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS

Cindee Snider Re

REJUVENATE, REVTALIZE, REKINDLE AND RECONNECT

This insightful and enriching 10-chapter study, designed just for couples, offers you and your spouse a safe place to grieve, heal, grow, and begin to dream together again – to thrive as one – in sickness and in health.

When There Is No Cure: How to Thrive While Living with the Pain and Suffering of Chronic Illness

Craig K. Svensson

How do you live well when the physical foundation of your life is crumbling? This is the challenge for millions who live with diseases for which there is no cure. These incurable ailments produce a life of constant pain, fatigue, numbness, dizziness, and other debilitating symptoms that create chronic suffering. Can you thrive in life while experiencing the suffering persistent sickness provokes? In When There Is No Cure, Dr. Craig Svensson guides readers to a path of thriving when life’s journey includes an incurable ailment. Drawing on his expertise as a pharmacist-scientist, as well as a fellow sufferer with several incurable diseases, he helps patients steer through the twists and turns of life with chronic illness.

A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness

P.B. Power

Suffering need not be a dark experience… While illness brings time to think, the natural tendency of our thoughts may not be comforting. Sickness may end activities we once enjoyed; it will make us dependent upon others; and feelings of pain, or of uselessness, or of anxiety about the future, may be very real.

Broken Body, Healing Spirit

Mary C. Earle

For centuries, Christians have turned to the Benedictine practice of lectio divina, or sacred reading, to pray the Scripture and deepen their experience of God’s presence in their lives. In this gentle book, Mary Earle, who has suffered with serious illness of her own, explores how this ancient practice can be used to “read the text of our illnesses,” and, in doing so, discover God’s presence and guidance even in the midst of pain and suffering.

The Life of Illness: One Woman's Journey

Carol T. Olson 

The Life of Illness tells is one woman’s courageous struggle with kidney failure, illness and death, yet it is truly about life, hope, faith and the transformative power of caring for one another. Inspired by the works of philosophers, literary authors and poets, Olson turns to hermeneutical phenomenology to explore the meaning of the experience of illness, engaging in reflective conversations from various points of view: chaplain, doctor, nurse and parent. The clarity and compelling nature of Olson’s writing makes this book accessible to all whose lives have been touched by illness, as we ultimately ask, not, “How can we live with illness?” but, “What is life?”

Blog Posts

One...the longing of my heart for my life in Christ.
MY ONE WORD, 2019

MY ONE WORD, 2019

A Journey of Nine Years I’ve been actively participating in My One Word since January, 2011. Looking back across the years, I’m surprised by how each word still catches my attention, drawing me in and reminding me to slow down, lean in and listen deep as God speaks. Each word has arrived...

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My grace is sufficient...
My One Word – Sufficient

My One Word – Sufficient

My #Oneword for this year of #Sufficient should have felt like a blessing, but instead I was left feeling that somehow I must not be enough on my own. I felt a yoke of shame when I thought about all of the tasks and labels that used to be part of my make-up.  I missed the days of working up a...

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What's in your bag?
What’s In My Bag

What’s In My Bag

My bag sits on the back of that chair so innocently. I love bags: handbags, purses, pocketbooks, or whatever you want to call them. I even love luggage and backpacks. They’re all such an easy way to take your stuff everywhere you go. They’re also an excellent way to make a fashion...

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Gift with Green Bow
The Gift of Pain

The Gift of Pain

Pain swallows hope whole, quashing anticipation, motivation, and strength as heartbeats tumble through our fingers   in a tempest of raging shame. Without hope, we wither, unmoored and disconnected from the Body, depleted. Yet in the beginning   was the Word, and the Word...

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AUDIO

SHARING LIFE, DISCOVERING HOPE AND A FEW FUNNY MOMENTS

by Diane Bailey | The Consilium Lakeside

CHALLENGES AND JOYS OF LIVING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS

by Our American Stories | Marriage On The Mind: Chronic Emotional/Physical Pain (Ep 1)

VIDEO

THROUGH CHRIST, WE ARE STRONG

Joni Eareckson Tada

“I’ve got strength sent straight from heaven. Joy hard fought for and hard won.” Click here to watch and be encouraged from The Living Hope Conference, Diamonds 2019.

CHOOSING JOY IN SUFFERING

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

“Pain is what draws us to God.” Click here to watch from The Living Hope Conference, Diamonds 2019.

6 STRUGGLES WE FACE IN SUFFERING AND HOW THE GOSPEL SPEAKS TO THEM

Sarah Walton and Kristen Wetherell

“Loneliness strips away the external comfort found in those around me, driving to find comfort in Christ alone.” Click here to watch Gospel comfort from The Living Hope Conference, Diamonds 2019. 

YOUR LABOR IS NOT IN VAIN

Esther Smith

“Any activity, no matter how small, that fills your day that you do with a reliance on God and for the glory of God is the work of the Lord.” Click here to watch Esther from The Living Hope Conference, Diamonds 2019.

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