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Healing From Chronic Illness and Building My Faith

I’ve been pretty private about my health challenges and struggle with chronic illness. Until now, I haven’t been ready to share my story of brain rewiring and growing my faith. A long list of different diagnoses and an acquired brain injury from Lyme disease and Lyme coinfections led me to grace and purpose. What you may not know is that I’ve spent the last two years growing my faith on a daily basis. I’ve spent the past six months dedicating myself to a brain rewiring program. It’s time to share my story with you.

I’m so excited to share my progress with you. I’m on the road to being fully recovered and growing my faith every day to help me along the way. I want to share my story with you so that you can find comfort in your healing journey. Hopefully I’ll inspire you along the way if you are going through a difficult time or dealing with chronic illness.

Not only has my faith and my brain rewiring program significantly helped me heal but it’s having an effect on my family as well. Especially my oldest who has dealt with chronic illness for five years now. I want to be a light for you, to shine brightly when you need hope, comfort, and peace. There is so much healing in just those three things even if we don’t know it or think that.

For now, I wanted to share a short story about how I shared my story with women in my bible study today. I’m not sure why I have been so private about my situation. I feel more and more called to share my story with others. Maybe because I know it will help so many and guide so many to faith, hope, health, happiness, and freedom.

Why Are We Waiting?

I was sitting in bible study this morning listening to the lecture as the speaker talked about finding the “perfect time” for things.  She laughs and makes the comment that we all say “when this happens, I’ll be ready”. Is there ever really a perfect time for things to happen? She was talking about growing your faith and sharing your story with others. What are we waiting for by waiting and not sharing even when we feel this internal pull to share?

I used to always say “when I get this then I’ll do ___” or ” when I’m at THIS point in healing from chronic illness, I will share my story”. The truth is the time is now for me to share my story of health, healing, and faith. What am I waiting for? Why not share my story along the way? It can only help others, right? So, towards the end of our small group discussion I felt this urge to speak up and share. Of course, I cried most of the way through sharing my story with others, but it felt so good to share.

Feeling of Peace and Comfort That Comes from Building My Faith

I wasn’t crying out of sadness but just overwhelmed with the feelings of peace and comfort that God has provided me. While on this journey to healing and growing my faith I have felt it more than ever. In times where most would think I’d be angry, sad, mad, etc, I had this deep inner peace thing going on. Hard to explain but I knew deep down in my heart that I would be okay. That we’d find answers to my mysterious and chronic illness, and that there is a purpose to all of this. Some would call my illness “suffering”, but I call it preparing my heart for so much more than I could ever ask for.

Don’t get me wrong, going through what I’ve been through has been very difficult. Not just for me but for my husband, kids, family, and other relationships. There were days that seemed like I wasn’t going to make it through, but it was my faith that kept me going. Knowing deep in my heart that I would find answers and make it through this battle of chronic illness.

sitting by the water looking at peaceful sunset

Growing My Faith

On Easter night 2021 I had a massive seizure in the middle of the night. As I lay in the emergency room bed, I heard this phrase in my mind saying, “you can rest.”  I felt so much comfort, peace, and calmness. It was a really weird feeling to have given the situation. I had been sick since 2019 and this was a major event that somehow left me feeling like I was about to find answers and get well. The strangest thing was it left me feeling like God was protecting me and helping me through this. Little did I know that God was not only transforming my heart on the inside, but he was also providing me with a path to healing, both physically and spiritually.

From this point on, I met some pretty amazing health care professionals that are still with me today. I’ve always been a “believer”, but did I really have faith? I don’t think so until now. I believe the difference is as a believer I believed in Jesus, but faith is actually believing and focusing on Jesus in your daily life. Making sure my thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are guided by God’s words. It’s a process my friends, and that’s the truth.

growing my faith by praying

A Brain Rewiring Program to Heal Chronic Illness

I’m 6 months into a brain rewiring program that has truly changed my life. I’m physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually stronger than I have ever been in my life. I’ve found so many parallels from this brain rewiring program and to building my faith while reading the bible or by learning from my bible study lessons. I’m not perfect and know that nobody is. My faith is not perfect, but I am practicing daily to live my life in God’s glory with Joy, peace, hope, happiness, and contentment. It’s a practice that happens daily and each day I grow a little more.

I like to share this piece of info that sticks out to me. Our body is energy. All of it is energy that needs to be able to flow freely to create harmony in the body. Our brains are electrical energy, our hearts are electrical energy, etc. A couple weeks ago we learned about the story in the Chapter of John where Jesus gives the living water to the woman. I learned that Living water is eternal life that flows through our hearts. I think these go together. Just like our body is energy, the living water that Jesus supplies us with is eternal life that flows freely through our hearts providing us with peace, joy, and happiness. Do you see the similarity?

Sharing More About Healing From Chronic Illness Soon

I plan to share more with you about my journey to retrain my brain and heal myself as I know this program will help so many out there. I’m so thankful that my doctor with The Amen Clinic told me about it and that I chose to pursue this program. Six months in and I’m so happy with my life right now. I’m on the road to a full recovery. I’ll be sharing much more because I’m sure you are wondering what in the world happened and how did I get here. It’s too much to blog about in this blog but I’ll have to break it down into several smaller blogs.

Instead of focusing on symptoms I’ll be focusing on the positive shifts that happen with this amazing program. I want to share what I’m actually healing from, what has worked for me, and what I’ve found helpful. It’s time to share how I incorporate pieces of this program into my family’s life as well.

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