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 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.

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.

Psychological Impact of Chronic Illness

DID YOU KNOW?

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

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

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

Magenta Bullet 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

Magenta Bullet  71% of all health care spending in the US goes towards treating people with MCC. 5
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. 5

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

Magenta Bullet 29 % have two or more chronic conditions.4
Magenta Bullet 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

BOOK 1 

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.

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FINDING PURPOSE: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness

BOOK 2

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.

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EMBRACING WORTH: Understanding Your Value in a Life with Chronic Illness

BOOK 3 

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.

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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

Becoming Beautiful in God’s Time

  He Makes All Things New   I love God’s promise in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that He makes all things beautiful in His time. Many of us with chronic illness and pain don’t feel very beautiful, especially when we compare ourselves to younger, healthier women. As one middle-aged friend put it after...

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He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Your Pain Comes with Possibilities

It Seemed Like A Good Idea It seemed like a good idea at the time. They would borrow the camping gear collecting dust in the garage, and they would head to the mountains to enjoy a night under the stars. Two college buddies enjoying the great outdoors. Trevor, the young man who would later...

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Your pain comes with possibilities.

The Wonderful Land of Affliction

Moving to the Land of Affliction I well remember the day I packed my bags to move to the Land of Affliction. I had lived in the Land of Ease for 35 years and, to tell you the truth, I took most things for granted. I never really appreciated the fact that I could just pick up and leave the house...

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Pain arrived like an unwelcome guest that settles in then decides to never leave. ~ Barbara Coleman

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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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