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