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Helping Those Struggling with Chronic Illness, Loved Ones and Caretakers THRIVE
through Creating, Connecting and Community...

Until the conference starts

Living with chronic illness doesn’t come with a set of instructions....
So we’ve pulled together a variety of speakers, including medical experts, alternative practitioners, spiritual teachers and healers, thought leaders, thriving artists who battle illness, online support networks and creative therapists, to address these relevant topics and more. Hear inspirational stories directly from other people who have gone through something similar - and learn exactly how they overcame their challenges, and what specific recommendations they have
to help You go from surviving... to THRIVING. This free event is just for YOU!

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We couldn't be more excited about our lineup. Which talks will you be checking out?

Join us for two live “Ask an Expert” Q&A style panels to connect with speakers and each other!

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Go ahead-give yourself some me-time.. watch, learn, interact, participate... THRIVE 

"Keep Shining: How to Thrive With Chronic Illness and Limited Energy" is a free two-week long virtual summit delivered entirely online. Dip in and watch just the specific talks that resonate with you or catch them all-on your schedule as you can watch replays if you miss a talk! Connect and chat with others in the community. Ask speakers questions during special Ask an Expert panels on JULY 17 and JULY 23 (see Schedule). Participate in special Live Facebook Talks and an interactive Drama Therapy workshop. It’s up to you! Are you ready to THRIVE?

View the schedule
2 weeks
66 speakers
8 categories
Reclaiming Our Narrative-Live Drama Therapy Workshop with Geno and Christian-De Colores Arts July 13, 2020, 09:00 PM
Geno Creese & Christian Harris De Colores Arts & De Colores Arts
Ask An Expert Speaker Panel 1 July 17, 2020, 09:00 PM
Geno Creese, Allison Fine, Christian Harris, Danielle Lowe, Adriana Marchione, Monica Michelle, Eve Montague, Shawna Nielsen, Roke Noir, Amy Oestreicher, Dr. Lee Phillips, Dr. Keith Rafal, Jasmine Raskas, Malati Shinazy, Jess Stainbrook, Dr. Amy Stenehjem, Rachel Trobman, Caroline Waters & Select Speakers Panel 1
Ask an Expert Speaker Panel 2 July 23, 2020, 09:00 PM
Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Jessie Ace, Reverend Linda Anderson-Little, Carolyn Boyd, Dr. Melissa Congdon, Elana Davidson, Jacquelyn Davis, Maddie and Angela Dean, Dr. Alan Glaseroff, Keisha Greaves, Dr. Sruti Lam, Kate Lorig, Kristina Macias, Juana and Estela Mata, Dr. Erica Matluck, Rev. Alan Pritz, Margo Rappaport, Mark Romero, Lori Schwanbeck, Katie Wade, Nicole & Select Speakers Panel 2
Ask an Expert Speaker Panel 2 July 23, 2020, 09:00 PM
Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Jessie Ace, Reverend Linda Anderson-Little, Carolyn Boyd, Dr. Melissa Congdon, Elana Davidson, Jacquelyn Davis, Maddie and Angela Dean, Dr. Alan Glaseroff, Keisha Greaves, Dr. Sruti Lam, Kate Lorig, Kristina Macias, Juana and Estela Mata, Dr. Erica Matluck, Rev. Alan Pritz, Margo Rappaport, Mark Romero, Lori Schwanbeck, Katie Wade, Nicole & Select Speakers Panel 2

With 60+ experts sharing, you will come away inspired and transformed

60+ experts will share stories, strategies, practices, tips, demos, inspiration, support, life lessons and resources through conversational videos, to help those struggling with chronic illness, disability and unexpected life challenges, and caretakers and loved ones to go from surviving to THRIVING.

Meet the speakers

Follow your favorites for exclusive content and offers

Choose the categories, talks and speakers you'd like to follow and we'll keep you up to date with content, expert advice and exclusive offers.

Check out the Categories
Alternative Practitioners
Medical/Mental Health Professionals
Thriving Artists Who Battle Chronic Illness
Health & Well-Being
Spiritual Teachers & Healers
Thought Leaders/Other
Online Support Communities
Creative Therapists

Keep Shining, video above, shares my personal story and struggle with rare chronic illness, disability and recovery and is a powerful reminder to never give up...

About Your Host

I'm Lisa Sniderman, an award-winning San Francisco-based artist (known as Aoede), playwright, author and filmmaker. I’ve been honored with more than 85 awards for my songwriting, audiobooks, films, stage plays and books. At the heart of my mission are inspiration, healing and creativity. I foster healing to give your creative spirit wings and inspire you to share your story.

What can we do when we struggle with an illness that doesn’t go away? I’ve been there. Like many of you, I’ve navigated and battled with a rare chronic illness for more than 12 years-a progressive muscle weakness autoimmune disease called dermatomyositis. My story is persevering through this darkness by obsessively turning to creativity to express and as a healing path. But my story and my life’s purpose is also becoming a light in the darkness and a muse.

Inspiration For This Summit

In 2020, after more than 12 years battling my rare chronic illness, like many of you, I still face immense challenges continuing to create and connect with others, finding and being part of community, while homebound and having limited energy. I discovered that not only do I want to find innovative ways to continue to do these, but I'm driven to continue to be a light to others like me who struggle with chronic illness and limited energy. I created this summit to bring a diverse community together virtually to inspire, encourage and help those of us struggling with chronic illness and limited energy, loved ones and caretakers, to go from surviving to THRIVING.

https://alightinthedarkness.info

Proudly supported by

About Your Sponsor

De Colores Arts

Creating inclusive space for connection and self-expression to transform communities

http://www.decoloresarts.org/

This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles. Any findings, opinions, or conclusions contained herein are not necessarily those of the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Arts and Disability Center.

This project partially supported by a grant from Integrity: Arts & Culture Association

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