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My Story

I thought I'd start this site to help everyone understand what has been going on with me, and since my energy level is super low lately, I thought it would be good to have one place to update everyone without too much effort! Thanks for all your support and the many prayers!

I've been struggling with chronic illness for the past 7 years without a clear diagnosis or treatment plan, and I've been getting increasingly sicker. It's hard to explain the sickness, because it doesn't fit into any ordinary description. It started with my stomach becoming paralyzed, and my intestines have continued to slow in the process. Four years ago I had a feeding tubed placed while I was pregnant because I was unable to meet any nutritional needs. Since then I have had the muscle at the bottom of my stomach removed to allow food to pass into my intestines without the need for normal stomach function. Now it has turned into a huge range of symptoms that include severe nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, exercise intolerance, episodes of intense pain, and dizziness just to name a few. I am a very active person, so I do struggle with the fact that I can't keep up with my lifestyle and what I would like to be able to do. With the energy I have I use it to play with my girls Kristen and Hannah. They are used to me being sick, as it is all they have ever known. They are such wonderful blessings, and couldn't imagine my life without them. This has been such a long road for all of us. Earl has had to help in so many ways, and is often my nurse and husband in one. I am grateful for all he does for me.

I have not been able to find a diagnosis for my illness, and we are traveling to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ; in hopes to finally have some answers and hopefully get some relief. This is my biggest prayer, to finally have an answer. I really hope that this trip will bring that for us, as I am pretty tired of the guessing games, and countless doctor's appointments which are a waste of time and money at best.

This has been a very hard time for us as a family facing all the difficulties that come along with this. Emotionally we are tired, physically we are worn out, financially this is a burden, and fearful of many unknowns. We also struggle with the fear in my mother's illness as she is approaching a double brain surgery. Our hearts are heavy, but our trust is in the Lord.

I am grateful to all our friends and family who are truly awesome, and supportive of us through these tough times. Please continue to pray for us that this will be a time of healing for our whole family.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold onto you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10


Steph n Earl McCrea posted a new journal entry.

I have some great news to share with everyone - thankfully & finally!!!I now have a diagnosis eventhough the doctors cannot even believe it, it seems so far ... Read more

A Dorman signed Stephanie's Guestbook.

So happy for you Steph! What a beautiful testimony to the love of God - and to your faithfulness! I am beyond happy for you and your sweet family!! Hooray! Keep resting, ... Read more

joyce weber signed Stephanie's Guestbook.

Dear Stephanie: It was so good to read your good news of your latest blog. Thank you God for answered prayer!! I look forward to seeing you shopping at Safeway. Isn't it ... Read more

Renee Van Horn signed Stephanie's Guestbook.

Praising God with you! It's amazing how our bodies work or don't and how 1 thing can throw everything off. What you explained does make sense. Looking forward to your ... Read more

Skip DalleMolle signed Stephanie's Guestbook.

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dear God we give you glory and praise.  I am so happy for you and your family...thank you, thank you, Lord. Blessings, skip Read more

Devon Fulford signed Stephanie's Guestbook.

I consistently read the updates posted here, and am SO happy to hear of your amazingly positive news! You all have been incredibly strong through all of this pain and ... Read more

Kara Putman signed Stephanie's Guestbook.

I am so happy to hear about your great news!!!! I pray that you will recover quickly and feel 100% better soon!!!! Read more

Larry Gamble signed Stephanie's Guestbook.

Steph & Earl, We are rejoicing at the good news!  God has truly answered our prayers in a marvelous way.  Whenever I think of you I just have to smile, knowing ... Read more

Amy Martinez signed Stephanie's Guestbook.

PRAISE JESUS!!!!!! I'm amazed at the goodness of our God!!! Blessings, blessings, blessings, Lord I ask that you would restore 100 fold what was stolen!!! love you ~ Amy  Read more

Nathan Meulener signed Stephanie's Guestbook.

Steph, All the praise goes to Him!  I have been, and will continue to pray for you and your family.  I am so glad to hear that you are starting to feel ... Read more

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