Voices of Chronic Joy®

Sandra Heska King

Sandra Heska King

Nurse, Writer, Poet, and A Voice of Chronic Joy®

Sandra is a wife of over 48 years, adoptive mom to two, and “nama” to four (almost five.) She has worked in multiple nursing specialties, including family practice, OB/GYN, operating room, and public health. She writes from her home in South Florida where she lives on the edge of the Everglades. She loves to hike and photograph wildlife, and sometimes even kayaks with alligators. She is addicted to books, Häagen-Dazs® Coffee Almond Crunch ice cream bars, and jasmine tea. Sandra posts photos on Instagram, writes sporadically on her blog, and is a contributing writer and social media team manager for Tweetspeak Poetry. Her daughter is diagnosed with Crohn’s and RA.

Natalie Ogbourne

Natalie Ogbourne

Writer, Speaker, and A Voice of Chronic Joy®

Natalie is a writer, speaker, and reluctant hiker who’s discovered that finding her way in the woods helps her navigate the landscape of life by faith.  She weaves tales from the trail with biblical truths and practical tools to encourage and equip others. A lifelong Iowan with a longstanding fear of cows, she’s survived a snowmobile-windshield-to-nostril standoff with a half-ton bison, a trip into the backcountry with recreationally-unstable fishing guide, and a trek across a clifftop pursued by a bear. Her favorite adventure, though, is doing life with her husband and children, including two daughters with chronic illnesses. She shares about these experiences to inspire others to travel their own terrain by faith.

Jan VanKooten

Jan VanKooten

A Voice of Chronic Joy®

Jan and her husband divide their time between Sterling, Alaska and Sedona, Arizona, where she is a choir director at the Methodist Church, ministering through music, even in retirement.

Jan's love of words fills the spaces in between being a wife, mom, grandmother, and retired music educator. Equipped through years of experience teaching, conducting, and accompanying, Jan's goal is to raise awareness of music-making as avocation, delight, recreation, meditation, and calling.

Music is an avenue of personal and corporate expression, meditation, and worship - a way of opening God's creation to exploration, examination, understanding, wonder, and praise to the Creator, which is fulfillment of man's purpose to glorify God and enjoy Him forever!

Barry Gilbert

Barry Gilbert

A Voice of Chronic Joy®

Barry, who works full-time designing catalog pages, has also been a Children’s Pastor, Curriculum Developer, and Dramatic Presenter. Most days you'll find him working from home, and after work-hours, caring for his wife, Bettie, on her journey with chronic illness. Barry and Bettie live in a small town in Southeast Wisconsin. They take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together, and are still going strong after more than 40 years together.

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