My Diagnosis Journey:
I’ve struggled with chronic illness since 2013 when I was first diagnosed with lupus. When I wasn’t testing positive for lupus for a year, I thought I was healed in early 2019. But by the end of 2019, I was diagnosed with Devic’s disease (NMO) after they found five brain lesions and optical neuritis. To read more stories within the topic of chronic illness, click here. Below was a documented moment of my week stay at the hospital when I was officially diagnosed with Devic’s disease.
In 2019, I suffered from migraines, loss of sight, vomiting, and nerve pain from NMO. I am half blind now. By the end of the year 2019, I had gained 30 pounds. I lost the weight through diet and exercise by the end of July in 2020 which grew my passion for wellness while living with an incurable illness.
My Belief On Sickness + Wellness
I do not believe that because we live a healthy life style that we will never get sick; it can happen to anyone. I eat mostly clean, whole foods, take healthy supplements, and jog daily, but this will not cure my disease. I am very passionate about finding wellness through our illness and not just finding a cure—most of us live with a life-long illness without ever finding one, which is why I created the group below.
The Wellness Support for the Chronically Ill community on Facebook is for sharing, caring, laughing, and cheering each other to wellness (this doesn’t mean healed from disease) and having a better quality of life.
Sickness + the Word
The word shares many instances when God does not immediately eradicate suffering, but rather engages with it for good. Even Paul pleaded to the Lord three times for the thorn in his flesh to be removed and God responded to Paul’s prayers for healing not by curing him, but rather by working through Paul’s suffering to draw him nearer to his glory.
So, my belief is that through suffering, we all have an opportunity to bring people closer to God. And this makes pain worth it.
Holistic Belief + Integrative Medicine
Holistic health is about caring for the whole person—providing for your physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs. Because holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person, I believe all forms of health care, from conventional medication to alternative therapies (integrative medicine), can be used to treat people. I am blessed in my life to have the right doctors who found my rare disease early on and put me on the proper preventative treatment. I wouldn’t be where I am today without proper treatment and my personal health regimen.