“Do you know what this means?” I asked the receptionist, Frank, picking it up.
“No,” He said. “I think someone accidentally left it here.”
“This,” I said pick it up to show him, “means ‘my illness is invisible but my hope shines through.'” I turned to my husb& who was with me that day. “Look! It’s one of my Invisible Illness Week buttons.” I turned back to Frank & said “I actually designed this. How cool is that?”
Frank asked again “Now what does it mean?”
“The initials st& for ‘My Illness is Invisible But My Hope Shines Through.'” I explained. “See, you wear it on your coat or something & then when someone says ‘What does that mean?’ you say ‘It means my illness is invisible but my hope shines through.’ It’s a great way to let someone know about Invisible Illness Awareness Week or about why you have hope despite a chronic illness.”
Laying it back down on the counter I walked out of the office with a smile on my face. About two hours later as I walked into my home the phone was ringing. It was Frank.
“Hi, Lisa. It’s Frank again. Can you tell me one more time what that this button st&s for? I’m going to write it down.” And he did.
I literally have just 7 of these buttons left & they are 1-inch in diameter. If you would like one, just be one of the first 7 people to e-mail me through our contact form here (a new window will open up) & I will send it out next week.
And yes, I actually have 8 buttons. If you are reading this & recently left your button at the rheumatologist’s office in Escondido, e-mail me & let me know. I have a button saved just for you!
Lisa Copen, Rest Ministries Founder