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Online Support for Chronic Pain, Illness, and Disability
Grace for the Chronic Life – Kim Penix of GraceIsSufficient.com created this Facebook group as a place for Christians with chronic conditions to find encouragement, support, and friendship. Kim runs a safe and drama-free group where individuals often share prayer requests, personal struggles, and Scripture-based hope with one another.
Rest Ministries – Rest Ministries was founded by Lisa Copen following a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. After she was “unable to locate the kind of Christian support that she desired to help her along [the] unexpected detour of chronic illness,” she decided to create her own place of support for others like herself.
Hope Keepers – One of Rest Ministry’s many services is local small groups called Hope Keepers which are found across the U.S. Use this page to find small groups held in your area. They are often run in local churches and led by individuals with a personal understanding of chronic illness and pain.
Entrepreneurs with Chronic Disorders/Illnesses and Disabilities – Many individuals with chronic illness, pain, and disability who are unable to work a normal job find themselves starting business ventures from home. If you find yourself in this situation, this group provides helpful advice, encouragement, and support.
7 Cups of Tea – 7 Cups of Tea is an online listening service. Users can log in and talk one-on-one with individuals trained in active listening. Although not focused exclusively on individuals with chronic health conditions, it is a great general resource when you need someone to talk to. You can also sign up as a listener to help others who are struggling.
Resources to Help You Feel Less Alone and Explain Your Pain to Family Members and Friends
The Spoon Theory – The Spoon Theory was written by Christine Miserandino as her “personal story and analogy of what it is like to live with sickness or disability.” Christine lives with the autoimmune disease Lupus, but individuals with all manner of chronic conditions can relate with the analogy she has coined. Her article is especially helpful as a tool to explain your experience of chronic pain and illness to loved ones.
An Open Letter to Healthy People from a Former Healthy Person – This article was written by Charis who blogs about living with Ankylosing Spondylitis at beingcharis.com. Her letter to healthy people says what so many of us feel, but just don’t know how to say.
Pain Exhibit – Sometimes pain is impossible to put into words. When this is the case, individuals often use various forms of art to express their pain experience. The Pain Exhibit showcases the work of various artists who have used artistic mediums to express and explain the pain they feel on a daily basis.
Faith-Based Blogs, Books, and Articles
A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada – Joni Eareckson Tada explores the “mysteries of suffering, pain, and God’s sovereignty” in this book about her own experience with chronic pain. Also, check out Joni’s international disability ministry, Joni and Friends.
ABodyofHope – A Body of Hope is a personal faith-based blog written by Mary who experiences daily severe pain from multiple chronic pain conditions.
Cranberry Tea Time – Rachel Lundy blogs at Cranberry Teatime about her life with Dysautonomia. She provides great encouragement and insight for women of faith living with chronic conditions. Rachel has also written two free ebooks, one on chronic illness and friendship and one “30 Day Devotional for the Tired and Weary.”
Dance in the Rain – Vaneetha Rendall Risner blogs at Dance in the Rain. She often writes about her life with post-polio syndrome, and how her faith informs her approach to suffering and living with pain.
Thorns and Gold – Thorns and Gold is written by Tanya Marlow, a former Biblical Theology lecturer who became ill with severe ME (Myalgic Encephalitis). Tanya writes about faith, suffering, and how “living with chronic illness has shaped and refined [her] theology.”
Pain Management and Practical Help
State Based Facebook Pages for Rare Diseases – If you have a rare disease, it can be difficult to find the help and treatment you need. These Facebook groups, organized by state, allow you to connect with other individuals with similar rare conditions, as well as find the best doctors and specialists in your area.
The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge – This book provides an introduction to the concept of neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to change and create new and healthy pathways. Because the brain is neuroplastic, chronic pain pathways can be rewired through non-invasive techniques, leading many patients to greater health and functioning.
Neuroplastic Transformation Workbook by Michael Moskowitz and Marla Golden – I believe this is the best workbook available on strategies that can easily be incorporated into your daily life to help you better manage chronic pain. I continue to use strategies from this workbook on a daily basis.
Neuroplastix.com – Most of the information found in the Neuroplastic Transformation Workbook can be found at Moskowitz’ free site, neuroplastix.com. Take some time to browse through the pages, learn about neuroplasticity and how it relates to chronic pain, and begin incorporating some of the suggested strategies.
Explain Pain by Larimer Moseley and David Butler – If you want to better understand the nature of chronic pain, this is one of the best books on the subject.
How I Gained Hope and Control: Pacing for the Bedbound Patient – This article is so important. Whether you are bedbound, housebound, or struggle with any level of limitation from chronic pain or illness, this article will help you understand the importance of pacing and how you might begin to incorporate it into your life.
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