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Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries, Inc., a Christian organization that serves people who live with chronic illness or pain. She is the editor of HopeKeepers Magazine and author of various books on chronic illness, including, "Mosaic Moments: Devotionals for the Chronically Ill"; and "Why Can't I Make People Understand? Discovering the validation those with chronic illness seek and why" an d"Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend." See

She is also the founder and coordinator of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awarenes Week. Learn more at

She's lived with rheumatoid arthritis since 1993 and resides in San Diego with her husband and son.


Reading, writing, reaching out to people with chronic illness -- and of course -- being a good mom and wife.