Plus, I've become friends with Chuck Norris because we go to the same clinic! They are such sweet people! We spent many hours praying together. We also spent many nights at the clinic with them because I needed extra care throughout the night and so did the Norris' so it was just them, my mom and I, the Norris' security guard, and one of the nurses. The clinic closes to everyone around 5 or 6 but the Norris' and I needed around the clock care so we stayed overnight some nights.
Almost a year ago I was diagnosed with Gastropareis which means stomach paralysis. I've had 3 scopes this year to find the problems. Gastroparesis is very difficult to treat also and causes its own set of problems. I have problems with every organ from the Lyme, including my brain and heart.
But I'm not letting any of this get me down! God is so good and faithful. As crazy as this sounds, if I had the chance to change the past 8 years, I don't know if I would. The reason why, is because I've grown so much spiritually. I've held God's promises close to my heart and His promises and hope can get you through anything. I've gotten to meet people I never would have met if I didn't have lyme, i've gotten to share my story on my blog and with people, and people on every continent, except Antarctica, read my blog. I'm able to share what God has done. If I hadn't gotten sick, I wouldn't have learned to appreciate the small things and I think I would still take things for granted. I feel like there's purpose in this pain because I'm able to help others through my blog or sometimes people will just call us to ask questions.
Here is one of my favorite verses since I got sick and then the song is Praise You in this Storm which has always been one of my favorites since I got sick.
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever" -Psalm 73:25
"I was sure by now
God that You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
'I'm with you'
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm"
Here are some pictures from my journey since being diagnosed. The caption for each pic with be under the picture
peripherally inserted central catheter that goes from my arm, up through my jugular vein in my neck, and then down straight into my heart.
Sleep study. So many monitors
My mom accessing my port. The port us under the skin so when it's not accessed you can shower. You access it with a needle that's an inch long.
New laser treatments that go in your vein and kill bacteria and viruses and just cleans your blood
Im going to start a new post with more pictures.