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. There is always hope.
Chronic Joy Ministry offers awareness materials for chronic illness, which highlight the significant impact of illness on every aspect of life -marriage, family members, faith, finances, friendships, education, mental health, 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.
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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.
Spiritual and Physical Impact of Chronic Illness
DID YOU KNOW?
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
Invisible illness characterizes approximately 96% of those with chronic illness. 6
25% have illness which limits activity 6
2030 projections estimate 171 million people will have a chronic condition 7, which will exceed 60% of the population.4
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
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
Approximately 33% of people with chronic illness experience symptoms of depression.11
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This 10-chapter study invites 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.
What if purpose looks different than we believe?
This 10-chapter study invites participants to release cultural and traditional definitions of purpose, and instead, to embrace God’s – a timeless definition rooted in His Word and as refreshing as a gentle spring rain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
The Superpowers We (Unintentionally) Gain from Chronic Illness Just for fun, I thought I’d write about the “superpowers” we (unintentionally) gain when we develop chronic health conditions. My massage therapist and I joke that I fight crime in my sleep. It’s a much more fun explanation...
Death is very real to me. Because most of us do not experience huge medical issues and because of the advances in modern medicine, it is easy to ignore the certainty of death. But when we experience the kinds of things I’ve experienced, it is very real. But this is a very good thing!
Anxiety and Shame in Chronic Illness The day was sunny and beautiful as we drove into the parking lot, but I did not feel much beauty in my heart. In fact, sudden tears rose unbidden to the surface as the medical center came into view. I had been to this same parking lot many times in...
SHARING LIFE, DISCOVERING HOPE AND A FEW FUNNY MOMENTS
CHALLENGES AND JOYS OF LIVING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS
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.
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
“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.