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 Bullet Chronic illness affects nearly 1 in 2 people, approximately 155 million people in 2018. [1]

Logo Bullet Invisible illness characterizes approximately 96% of those with chronic illness. [2]

Logo Bullet 2020 projections estimate 157 million people will have a chronic condition, with 81 million having multiple chronic conditions. [1]

Logo Bullet 2030 projections estimate 171 million people will have a chronic condition, which may be more than 50% of the population. [3]

Logo Bullet About 31% of adolescents suffer from at least one moderate or severe chronic condition. [4]

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

Logo Bullet The healthcare needs of people with MCC are often complex. [6]

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

Magenta Bullet  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 Bullet  As 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:

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.

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.

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?

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?”

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.

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.

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.

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SHARING LIFE, DISCOVERING HOPE AND A FEW FUNNY MOMENTS

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