Hi, all! I just joined the forum and I wanted to introduce myself.
My name is Emily. I'm 16 and I have various medical problems. I've been in and out of hospitals and doctors since I was in 5th grade from various conditions. I was baptised a WELS Lutheran, but I now consider myself Missouri Synod. I would not have been able to get through all this---especially the past three years, which have been my worst---without Jesus Christ.
I look forward to getting to know you all and grow my faith in the Lord.
Hi Em! Welcome aboard! I'm hoping you feel at home here.
I know my faith has kept me going with all my medical stuff. Between being diagnosed with Diabetes 2, Asthma, and high blood pressure, etc., plus all of the surgeries I've had in the last 11 years (carpal tunnel in my right hand, tendonitis in both elbows, gall bladder removal, right ovary removed, and then the rest of my internal girl parts), I would have gone coo coo myself! Just keep up with your faith. GOD does carry us when we don't think HE is even around.
I've noticed the same. Last time I was hospitalized for my liver, I spent two hours in the capel. I read the Devotional Magazines, I prayed, I talked to other people. It was very calming. I could feel Him in there, you know? Before I went in the chapel, the doctors were saying I was looking at a five-day stay, which of course I didn't want! When I came back, they re-did my blood. I was out of the hospital the next night because my condtion has improved. I have no explaination apart from Jesus. How else could this have even happened?
I've got Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, which was caused by a problem with my insulin and triglycorides. Those last two things were caused by hidden PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrom) that I've apparently had for two years, but we didn't know I had it! I always thought I was a late bloomer, turns out my problems actually had a source... I also have neuropathy caused by two arm surgeries for a benign dermal fibrous histiocytoma (a tumor) on my arm, I faint, I get dizzy, and I have an electrolyte imbalance. I can't move my arm, type, or write sometimes. Mostly I have to type because my hands shake too badly to write for real, and my teachers can't read my writing.
It's a pain, but I can't see the point in moaping around and feeling sorry for myself. I figure I have to pick myself up and turn it over to God. This has been going on since I was 10, and now Im almost 17, so there has to be a reason. He is trying to teach me something. Now, it's my job to trust in Him and hopefully learn the lesson He has intended :)
Again, thank you for replying. I apologize for my long reply...
Hi and yes, welcome! Faith is a wonderful thing and I'm glad both you and bluekitty have it! It carries us through the hard times and sometimes it feels like that is all there is. I feel that way too sometimes. But we are all blessed and must keep the faith. I'll pray for both of you!
I will make sure to pray for you, as well! It's what keeps me going, and I attribute what good health I have to the Lord. I believe that, without faith, it won't matter what treatment you use or what drugs you take, you will never truly be better. These things are a test from God, you know? He wants you to turn to Him for guidence, and this is the test to trust Him. And that's what I do. Without it, I would be in a much worse place than I am.
Just found the prayer forum. I pray you made it to the music collage of your dreams. You sound like a beautiful and inspirational young lady who God has great and powerful plans for. You deserve a feat life and I trust GOD will give you the desires of your heart. Stay strong and know you still have someone praying for you. May God Bless You,
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