I never gave much thought to the word “healing” until I was diagnosed with Necrotizing Autoimmune Myopathy in 2016. I was once a healthy 57 year old woman who now found herself fighting for her life.
It was then that “healing” was all that I could think about. As I faced a life with more questions than answers, I realized that my healing would include body, soul and mind.
I tackled rehab as though it was a job I was paid to do. While my body fought back with pain, I knew that exercise would not only strengthen my muscles, but would strengthen my whole physical body. I won’t pretend that I like to exercise, but now I find ways to exercise that I enjoy: walking in the park, working in my yard and playing with my grandson.
I tried the gamut of drugs and infusions with little results or with major side effects. After much soul searching, I chose to be prescription free. For the past two years my body has seen wonderful changes. Each year sees my body becoming stronger and healthier.
My faith has grown tremendously through this illness. My need to read the Bible, pray and give thanks to God everyday is just as important as taking care of my physical body. God’s word is life for the whole body.
Keeping a positive attitude throughout all my daily struggles and setbacks allows me to put this illness into perspective. I won’t let this illness stop me from being the person I want to be. I don’t dwell on the fact that I don’t have many answers for this disease. I live for today and trust that tomorrow may bring more answers.
I won’t pretend that I like to exercise, but now I find ways to exercise that I enjoy: walking in the park, working in my yard and playing with my grandson.
For me, healing comes from the heart that encompasses body, soul and mind. Nowadays, I walk in healing! I volunteer for a hospice, am active in my church and do what I can to further the knowledge and cure for this disease; like giving blood for the Myositis Research. I want each day to count both here and the hereafter.