Rest Ministries

Patient Leader

When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 20 years ago I didn't know it would be the thread that connected all the things I love--writing, speaking, connecting with others, and truly understanding the journey that people were experiencing because I was on it myself. Originally I had planned to be a social worker but I didn't feel I really understood the struggles people had. God has a sense of humor on the funky path He placed me on to find my purpose! Through my organization, Rest Ministries, I have found defiant hope and joy through so many people, despite the darkness and pain they live with each day. Through our social network, The Sunroom, to daily devotionals and HopeKeepers groups in churches and communities, it is wonderful to see people connect and encourage one another. We have also had the opportunity to reach out to hundreds of thousands of people through National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week (aka Invisible Illness Week) since 2002. Through virtual conferences, blogging for the cause, and social media we have dramatically raised the awareness of how most illnesses (about 96%) are invisible to most people. I love writing books to blogs, adding resources and encouragement to our Pinterest board (over 8,000 pins!) and creating a new app for quick access to everything Rest Ministries and the people who make it a family. It is a joy to be able to discover that someone has been reading our daily devotionals for fifteen years and then finally writes to tell us what a difference they have made. One woman recently shares that she had been healed--her body and physical pain was the same, but her attitude change had given back her life to her. I love what I do and feel honored to be a part of the patient community.

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards


Best in Show: Facebook Health Activist Hero


Best in Show: Community or Forum


Best in Show: Pinterest

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards


Advocating for Another Lifetime Achievement Award

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards


Lifetime Achievement

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards


Best in Show: Facebook Lifetime Achievement
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