Nine months ago, when we set the release date for my 9th book to be April 7, 2020, no one could have ever imagined what we would all be facing together: COVID-19. I was encouraged by some to delay the launch, but I know God ordained this time for His message: Hope in Uncertain Times. My book is exactly what we need right now, and my prayer is it encourages everyone to defy their diagnosis.
If you have been following me or reading my blogs for any length of time, you know I have struggled with multiple health diagnosis. I realized I hadn’t given an update to my situation since May of 2019 where I shared about coming out the other side of Valley Fever but still wasn’t feeling right. Valley Fever is a fungal-based pneumonia, and as those recovering from COVID-19 can attest, any attack on the lungs is dangerous and exhausting.
I’ve been seeing specialists and getting tests, all of which didn’t show much. At one point, we thought I had Hashimotos disease, but I don’t. Even though tests are fairly normal, I am not. I had had horrible fatigue, weight gain, and excruciating pain all over my body. Some days, I have had to limit the times I go up and down the stairs because I just wouldn’t have the strength.
This is NOT me, and if one more person told me I was just getting old, I was going to explode! I have been exercising five to six days a week despite the lack of energy, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and managing my stress in healthy ways. Yet, my body kept telling me we were missing something.
Frustrated and seeking alternatives, I scheduled an appointment with my acupuncturist. On February 11, I received treatment for severe pain in my left shoulder. He inserted needles, including one in my right wrist. I believe he totally forgot about me as he was very distracted, and when he removed the needles, he neglected the one in my wrist. As I sat up, he saw it and yanked it out improperly, nicking my bone, tendon, and vein. I was immediately in pain, and within three days, I was completely unable to use my right hand. My forearm was black and blue, swollen, and the vein popping out of my arm. I had a huge lump at the sight of the needle, and contacted him.
I will save you the entire story because in all honesty, I have nothing good to say about him. He’s a weasel and won’t take ownership of his mistake. I had to seek medical help and am still dealing with pain, which is resulting in a lot of money out of my pocket. I’m waiting for the results of my MRI as I share this with you, and I appreciate prayers for this to heal. I pray this isn’t something serious requiring surgery to fix. The good news? In an attempt to help the pain and swelling, my doctor put me on a steroid pack. I am not a fan of drugs, but I was hurting so badly that I was willing to explore any options.
The steroid pack did absolutely nothing for my wrist, however, I began to notice my body aches disappearing and my mood improving. In a few days, my energy had increased. I told my doctor and she wondered why exactly I felt better. She did some research, and she discovered a protocol for adrenal failure. When she read the factors that attribute to it, my name was all over the list: Lyme disease, RA, Valley Fever, and extreme stress. Check, check, check and check!
For three weeks now, I have been on a very low dosage of a steroid variant that addresses adrenal glands. As they have pepped up, my thyroid is operating normally, allowing hormones to balance. It is the ONE thing we have been missing. As a result, I am finally feeling more like myself. A few pounds have already come off, and I trust my body will release the excess weight it doesn’t need now that it is balanced. Thank you Jesus for bringing something good out of a bad situation!
Between the COVID-19 crisis and my on-going health issues, I have been reminded that defying one’s diagnosis is not a one-time event. It isn’t even a two or three-time occurrence. No, it is a life-long mentality and approach to tackling on the tough stuff and overcoming the obstacles. If we have learned anything from COVID-19 is that we don’t know what is lurking around the corner, and we have zero control over it. What we can do is define our circumstances the way we see them, have faith, be positive, do what we can, and trust God for the rest. We must defy our fears!
I also hope we understand the importance of being healthy before something happens. If I have said it once, I have repeated it thousands of times: we exercise and eat right for the “what if’s” of life so that we are better equipped to fight the battle. Well folks, we are at war!
I am grateful God gave me my FIT Life Formula as I have been using it during this uncertain time, and I hope you will find hope in the midst of the chaos. Stay healthy!