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 weekly images 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 bulletChronic illness affects nearly 1 in 2 people, approximately 155 million people in 2018. [1]

logo bulletInvisible illness characterizes approximately 96% of those with chronic illness. [2]

logo bullet2020 projections estimate 157 million people will have a chronic condition, with 81 million having multiple chronic conditions. [1]

logo bullet2030 projections estimate 171 million people will have a chronic condition, which may be more than 50% of the population. [3]

logo bulletAbout 31% of adolescents suffer from at least one moderate or severe chronic condition. [4]

logo bulletMultiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) – Almost 1/3 of the population lives with more than one chronic condition. [5]

logo bulletThe healthcare needs of people with MCC are often complex. [6]

71% of all health care spending in the US goes towards treating people with MCC. [6]

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. [6]

magenta bulletAs the US population ages, and people live longer, the number of people with MCC is expected to continue to grow. [6]

[1]
http://www.nationalhealthcouncil.org/sites/default/files/NHC_Files/Pdf_Files/AboutChronicDisease.pdf

[2] 2002 US Census Bureau

[3] Chronic Care in America: A 21st Century Challenge, a study of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation &Partnership for
Solutions: John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD for the Robert Wood Foundation (September 2004 Update).
“Chronic Conditions: Making the Case for Ongoing Care.”

[4] http://childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/results?q=2473&r=1&g=448

[5] http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/preventionchronic-care/decision/mcc/mccchartbook.pdf

[6]  https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/decision/mcc/mccchartbook.pdf

FEATURED BOOKS:

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.

Hunting Hope

Nika Maples

When you are experiencing a season of difficulty and hope is hard to find, hunt for it by holding onto God’s character and letting Him reveal all the possibilities you can’t even imagine. At twenty years of age, when all hope seemed lost, Nika Maples searched for it boldly and defied all odds to recover from a devastating stroke that left her unable to walk, speak or even bling. The lessons from that struggle are powerful and universal. As you read Nika’s journey, you’ll learn to rest in the assurance that – even while living in hardship – there is always hope in Christ.

The Life of Illness: One Woman's Journey (S U N Y SERIES, THE BODY IN CULTURE, HISTORY, AND RELIGION)

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?”

Pearls of Great Price

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada wants to help you become rich in faith and wealthy in hope. Some people focus on material treasures, but Joni reminds you that life’s true gems come from God―priceless pearls that are worth everything to purchase … and own.  Written by a remarkable woman who has known firsthand God’s faithfulness in the midst of indescribable difficulties, these 366 inspiring new devotions, each filled with Joni’s signature storytelling, will touch your soul like a genuine pearl―rare, beautiful, and precious.

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The Gift of Pain

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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Praise in Spite of Suffering

Last Resort Two years ago I agreed … actually sought out … to have a surgery that I had always considered as a “last resort.” However, my health had reached a point where it now sounded like a dream. Since my second spine surgery in 1995, I had lived with severe complications due to...

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Praise and thanksgiving in suffering give way to chronic hope.

Identity Theft: Repossess Our Identity with Truth

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I have come that they may have life.

Dear Chronically Ill Parent

A Letter to the Parents Who are Chronically Ill - You are Not a Failure My mum has a chronic illness. She’s been sick for as long as I can remember. Mum, this letter is for you. Dear Parent with a Chronic Illness, You don’t have to say it aloud. I’ve read it in your sighs, your...

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Your sickness has not lessened who you are.

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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)