Join Lisa as she talk about how it can “feel” to go to a “virtual” conference. How Invisible Illness Awareness Week impacted others, what she hopes you will take away from this week and more. She is interviewed by her husband, Joel.
Wondering what the “headquarters” for Invisible Illness Awareness Week looks like? Lisa takes you on a 3-minute tour of her home office.
Lisa was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 24, in the midst of a typical life, finishing college and discovering where her passions resided. In less than a few weeks she went from significant pain in her feet to her entire body flaring. After changing doctors, searching for answers, she was diagnosed short thereafter. She has never been in remission and her rheumatologist has said that 80% of her pain is due to deformity.
She began Rest Ministries in 1996 after searching for a place where she could share her faith. Through this she has found her true purpose in having the opportunity to speak and write, encouraging others through whatever she pursues. She has written various books including Bible studies, and How to Start a Chronic Illness Small Group Ministry.
Lisa considers every day precious. She is a survivor of the flesh eating bacteria in 2008 and had four joints replaced in her left hand in 2009. Despite her daily pain and fatigue, her 9-year-old son keeps her going. She lives in San Diego with her husband and son and deals with insomnia by working at 3 AM.