Here we are at a third week of recounting that which I am thankful.
As I have mentioned in other posts, I have a history of MS. I just realized the other day that I was diagnosed 20 years ago. I was 15. It’s likely I was sick with it before then. It looked like MS was going to win over my desires as it was often flaring and making me sick.
In 1994/1995 I started Beta Seron, the first medication to treat MS. It was/is not a cure, but it was shown to lessen the number and severity of exacerbation. Doing those shots was no fun, but things did seem to get more stable.
By 2000, I had tried another medication, Avonex. That one also worked some. Neither was fun. Giving yourself shots never gets routine, if you ask me. I started needing high doses of steroids. I was in the hospital 15 times over the next three years. Twice my balance and walking got so bad I needed rehab to learn how to walk again, Both times I went home in a wheel chair, the second time they told me they didn’t know when I would walk again.
But the Lord had plans for me. He used the medicine of the doctors and work of the therapists to restore my body. And I found a specialist who helped manage the MS. I would do steroid bursts in his office every 3 weeks, we didn’t wait for me to get sick and play catch up. No more hospital stays. The steroids made me sick and weren’t any fun, but they helped.
Then in July 2005 I had my last steroid burst. My body went into a spontaneous remission. Then we started our family. I have been pregnant or nursing a baby since November 2005. And for me, pregnancy and nursing have been very healing. Thank you Lord Jesus for using my babies to heal me. I have needed no medication since July 2005 and my doctor has gone from being cautiously supportive of me staying off meds and having kids, to being 100% supportive and considering my course of MS mild! Praise you Lord Jesus.
My history of walking/balance/strength issues makes every step walked or run a testimony of the Lord’s work. Every step I push myself to run is a praise report. Every time I spin my girls in a circle is a beautiful Amen.
And for this and many more things I am thankful.
13. the desire to be healthy.
14. the strength to run.
15. doctors the Lord blesses with knowledge to help others.
16. a daughter with 20/20 vision.
17. my new treadmill so I can keep running in our cold Mitten.
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