My mother can’t listen to music and talk to us at the same time. It’s not because she’s elderly or because she’s out of her mind. She has a mild case of tinnitus – a chronic illness, and people with it feel pain whenever they hear loud noises. People with extreme tinnitus feel pain whenever they hear something.
But tinnitus isn’t the only chronic illness. There’s chronic fatigue syndrome, POTS, multiple chemical sensitivity, Lyme’s disease, chronic pain illnesses, bouts of temporary paralysis, Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, autoimmune diseases. The list goes on. Some people go undiagnosed for years before finally finding out what they are sick with after visiting the 12th (or more) doctor. Most chronic illnesses don’t go away.
It’s hard. And that’s an understatement.
I have a dear friend named Sara Willoughby. She’s the author of He’s Making Diamonds: A Teen’s Thoughts on Faith Through Chronic Illness. It was published two and a half years ago. She now hosts an annual online conference called Diamonds for chronically ill Christians.
God is working through her work. Many chronic illness warriors can’t even go to church – and encouragement is hard to find. That’s often because these illnesses are usually invisible. People don’t know these warriors are fighting.
So once a year, Sara brings a lapful of encouragement right to them.
This year, Diamonds 2021’s theme is Purpose In Affliction. The conference focuses on chronically ill people’s identity in Christ and how illness strengthens their relationship with Him.
Here’s some quick info:
What is Diamonds 2021?
Diamonds is an annual online conference for chronically ill Christians. Millions of chronically sick people battle impossible trials every single day – but so many of them feel alone. The speakers of Diamonds 2021 want them to know they aren’t — not by a long shot.
When is Diamonds 2021?
Diamonds 2021 occurs this weekend — from Friday the 22nd through Sunday the 24th. You can join live for free, and if you miss anything, you will still be able to view the recorded version by purchasing the all-access pass.
Who is speaking at Diamonds 2021?
This year, they have twenty speakers from around the world. Each of these fantastic people has a special message of hope and compassion to share with you out of their own experiences with long-term illness.
What does Diamonds 2021 cost?
Because they know that many chronically ill warriors face burdensome medical bills, and their goal is to uplift instead of adding just one more thing, Diamonds 2021 is 100% free while it’s live.
After that, you can purchase the all-access pass to gain lifetime access to the conference content along with some exclusive bonuses.
Where is Diamonds 2021?
Diamonds 2021 is entirely online. They know that traveling with an illness is difficult, so they want to bring this right to you — even if you’re in a hospital bed or are housebound. You can register for Diamonds 2020 for free here.
Does the conference have a Study Guide?
Absolutely! They have a beautifully designed study guide with take away points from every talk and reflection questions and resources for further study. You can buy the e-book or paperback copy here.
Friends, this is extremely important. Many chronically ill people are discouraged and depressed, and exhausted because they don’t have encouragement. This conference will fill that gap extravagantly.
Please spread the word. If you know someone who is very sick or is chronically ill – send them this blog post. Send the registration link. The world needs these messages of hope!