Rachel Sisk

First post: Nov 10, 2018 Latest post: Jul 29, 2020

*Updated March 26, 2019*

Hi, there!
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My medical story is below, but I first want to give praise to God Who works all things together for His glory and for my good. HE is writing my real story, including the medical part. He is good and holy, loving and merciful. I trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior in May 2015, and He has forgiven me of all my sins and given me life in His name.

What about you?  God's Word says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). You and I cannot earn our way to God -we cannot do good to outweigh the bad. We are dead in sins on our way to forever death in torment away from God. BUT GOD, being rich in mercy, made a way for us to be forgiven for our sins and live with Him forever!

"He [God the Father] made Him [God the Son] Who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that in Him we might become the righteousness of God" (1 Cor 5:21). "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son [Jesus, Who is God the Son], that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (Jn 3:16). God the Son became a Man, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sin. Then He rose again, defeating death! He is alive forever!

Everlasting life with God is not something we earn - it is a free gift! Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves - it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one may boast. For you are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." I urge you to turn away from sin and self-confidence to put your trust in Christ Jesus, Who died for your sins and rose again to give you new life (1 Corinthians 15:3-5). He is trustworthy! I'd love to talk with you more about this if you want.

Medical Story:

I have been sick for several years with stomach troubles, constant headaches, and fatigue, but everything changed dramatically in spring 2018, and I had to drop out of college and quit working. I spent 2018 in excruciating pain and debilitating symptoms ranging from lightheadedness, tachycardia, 10/10 migraines multiple times per month, 3 other types of headaches, changing back and neck problems, confusion, lack of concentration, changed vision that kept me from driving or reading, and a host of other symptoms. By the end of last fall, walking across the house was a major feat. It was very isolating socially. After a long journey through tons of doctors and a couple ER visits, on December 4, 2018 I was diagnosed with POTS, a little-understood type of dysautonomia. I began taking medication in February and  my stamina is gradually increasing; I can walk 30-40 minutes a day now. I still get extremely fatigued, but I've come a long way. I still struggle with most of the other symptoms, including lots of migraines and constant tension headaches, but I'm finding help slowly. My symptoms change day to day and often moment to moment, which can be confusing to my family and friends because often I suddenly can't speak well and get confused. However, on March 13, I had an amazing, informative assessment at Snider Therapy and was diagnosed with Sensory Integration issues and visual insufficiencies. They think they will be able to help with a lot of my problems; it's like all the pieces came together. I began therapy on March 25 to treat this. It's going to be a long process, but I'm excited.
Thanks again for coming to visit my page. I hope you will be encouraged here by seeing the Lord's faithfulness. May the Lord bless you! 

January 21, 2020 update:

The Lord has done great, unbelievable things. He used Snider Therapy to give me so much of my life back. I haven't had a complicated migraine since May 2019 (!!!). My double vision is better, and I can read books again and see down the road when I'm in the car. All my sensory-processing problems have improved with each therapy session, and they continue to do so. The seizure-like events (which happened almost back to back for about eight months) where I would freeze up, not be able to talk or move, and couldn't see or hear properly have pretty much disappeared. My hearing delay is gone, I have way less panic attacks, I no longer have intense pain when I eat, and I can be in loud rooms with bright lights. I can laugh and talk with multiple people at one time without my nervous system getting overwhelmed. IT'S AWESOME! PRAISE THE LORD!

In June 2019, I was diagnosed with bilateral arterial thoracic outlet syndrome - the same condition my mom had on her left side. This means my subclavian arteries were each being compressed 100% in certain positions, cutting off the bloodflow to my arms and reducing the bloodflow to my head.  On Oct 9, 2019, I had a first-rib resection and scalenectomy to decompress the subclavian artery and brachial plexus on my left side, and I should have the same surgery on the right side soon. Basic recovery takes about three months. It could take a couple years to get my strength back from these surgeries, but I'm very encouraged with the relief I've experienced since the first surgery and look forward to seeing what God does in the upcoming months.