Autoimmune Diseases can be hard to identify. That being said, trusting God in the midst of it all can be challenging right? That being said, it’s crucial to trust God from the beginning, the middle, and the end.
I have had many requests inquiring about my Autoimmune Diseases and what that looks like. Therefore, I wanted to give you a rundown of what they are before I share on trusting God in the midst of it all.
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How To trust god in the Midst of Unexpected Autoimmune Diseases
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
My autoimmune diseases started back in 2008. My family Dr ordered blood work and the results showed I had hyperthyroidism which is too much thyroid hormone. My chest constantly felt like a butterfly was stuck trying to fight its way out and couldn’t. She repeated the same blood work over a period of a couple of weeks, with the same results.
Needless to say, I had to see an Endocrinologist ASAP. If you know anything about the results of blood work regarding your thyroid, the levels are reversed to what other results are. My results were so low it registered -0 meaning it was dangerously high. They got me in to see an Endocrinologist and he did his own blood work, scans, etc..
This term sounds like a death sentence doesn’t it? I wish it had another name. Lol. Needless to say, I was told POINT BLANK, if you don’t do what I tell you to do, exactly as I say, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE LIVING LONG!! Yes, he was that BLUNT!
I was also told no exercise, and leisurely walking only. I had to take radioactive iodine, to completely destroy my thyroid, if NOT it would destroy me! Talking about telling you like it is!
I had to be isolated from people for thirteen days. CRAZY STUFF! However, once this was done, though it saved my life, and had to be done, my immune system is shot. The video below is the procedure I had to have also.
Weakened Immune System
Autoimmune diseases result in a compromised immune system. That being said, I get sick VERY EASY and I lose my voice ALL THE TIME! Graves disease is an Autoimmune Disease, that forces antibodies, to attack their own body’s tissues. Normally, the immune system protects the body, from viruses and other germs.
However, Graves’s disease confuses the immune system and makes the Thyroid gland produce too much thyroid hormone. Extra hormones lead to metabolism becoming extremely active.
You can suffer problems such as an accelerated heartbeat, weight loss, heart failure, sensitivity to hot and cold, dry hair and skin, and high blood pressure. It’s taken a while to get that regulated, but for the most part, it stays in a good range.
Fluid Backup in the Middle Ear Canal
Back in 2010, I went to lay my head on my pillow. I noticed I had an extremely tender spot on my neck. I asked Mike to take a look at it and he said it was just a small red bump. I thought nothing of it, and he said why didn’t I just lay on my opposite side.
When my alarm went off in the morning to get ready for work, I couldn’t even raise my head. I grabbed my neck and said IT HURTS SO BAD! Mike got up and flipped the light on. Mike said…”YOU’RE NOT GOING TO WORK, WE’RE TAKING YOU TO THE DR…NOW!”
Chronic Symptoms with AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
Trust me, you can’t make this stuff up. Y’all, I am NOT exaggerating, Dumbo had nothing on me! The whole left side of the face, ear, and neck were super huge! Fire red and hot to the touch! It was one of the most excruciating pain I’ve ever felt in my life.
When Mike and I arrived they wasted no time taking us back to see the ENT Specialist. As soon as they have seen me I felt like a freak show on parade. The Dr. I seen said he had NEVER seen anything like this before EVER! They did a CT stat because their first thinking was it’s a tumor. Nothing was seen besides swelling and fluid.
I was asked if I was bitten or maybe had scratched it and I said no. To this day they don’t know what caused it but it has left my hearing severely damaged. Long story short is I have ringing, roaring, and fullness, ALL THE TIME! It doesn’t go away. EVER! I’ve been told, “You’ll get used to it!” It’s been going on almost 10 years, and guess what…You do not get used to it. Sigh!
Around 2012 I started having really bad vertigo. I’m NOT talking about whoops, I think I need to sit down…I’m talking about NOT being able to stand up…PERIOD! I get nauseous, have light-headedness, vomiting, and vertigo.
In all honesty, I have lost count on all of the numerous ENT Specialists I have seen over the years. I’ve had all kinds of testing done and to be honest not much helps in the long term. For the short term symptoms, I’ve received eight injections in my eardrum to help alleviate the symptoms. I can see your eyes growing like saucers.
Trusting God in the Midst of Pain
The first time I had an injection in my eardrum the Dr told me to turn my head I was like What? Mike was in the corner and told me…Look at Me!! You can NOT swallow for fifteen minutes during that procedure. Yep, try that one. It’s hard! Mike said he was surprised when the needle didn’t punch through the other side of my head. So NOT fun. However, I am trusting God in the midst of it all!
Vestibular Migraine DISEASE
Around 2014 I started becoming super sensitive to the movement of ANY kind. That includes flashing, blinking, spinning, objects moving, etc…My balance is OFF to the point I bump and bang into everything and get dizzy often. I kinda resemble a drunk person, and I do NOT drink alcohol either!
I’ve had countless tests, seen more specialists than I can remember the names of. They’re still currently trying to find a treatment, that will help me with these symptoms. Autoimmune diseases such as this one keep me from enjoying the following…
- Enjoy theme parks like I use to.
- Watch TV anymore.
- I do NOT enjoy driving now and do it as little as possible!
- I have my own chauffeur though and I’m so thankful for my husband!
Around 2015 I had two places, that came up on my hands, and a huge one on the bottom of my foot. I’ve seen several specialists for this also.
Cluster Plantar Warts
These are a virus and guess what..my body can NOT fight it off. They’ve done freezing, scraping, burning, candida injections, chemotherapy injections, chemotherapy cremes, and squaric acid, just to name a few. NOTHING has worked!
This video on the autoimmune diseases of cluster warts is graphic so please be advised and ONLY watch it if you are comfortable doing so. My foot is nowhere near this bad but I wanted to give you an idea of what it is. Needless to say, I’m trusting God in the midst of it all.
They finally cut out the places on both of my hands and it took over five months to heal…seriously! The poor dermatologist was getting so frustrated she said she’s done all she could for me, and sent me to another. He refused to even touch it and sent me to someone else!
This Dr said he was afraid it was Cancerous since all other treatment has failed. A Biopsy was performed and it came back noncancerous which is good news however, they don’t want to cut it out because I do NOT heal due to my immune system.
This is still a work in process and I do NOT know what else they can try. Below are images of my foot from a couple of years ago and have gotten worse since. I’m trusting God day by day with this.
I keep getting sinus infections, ear infections, bronchitis, and upper respiratory infections, due to my inner ear issues. I won’t bore you with ALL I’m allergic to. Needless to say, I need to live in a bubble! Lol!
After countless rounds of antibiotics of different varieties, I finally had to have Sinus surgery back in March 2017. I am not going to sugarcoat this one at all. This is a very difficult and painful procedure.
I was definitely leaning on and trusting God in the midst of this. You’re packed with gauze and stents which makes it hard to breathe. I hope you never have to have this done, sweet friend!
It ONLY took about four hours to perform! I thought it was gonna be an easy surgery. I’ve ONLY had twelve surgery’s and NO I am NOT kidding. Most of them are female/bladder related. My point being, Sinus surgery is NOT an easy one, just so you know. Ok Friends, that about sums me up.
Trusting God in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty with Health Issues
We are not promised an easy life on earth. However, we are promised that God will remain with us throughout it all. Some seasons may be bombarded with pain and sickness while others might be may be filled with good health. The unshakable truth for us to keep in mind is that God is constantly walking beside us. God will never leave or forsake us and he is in the midst of it all.
Five Quotes on trusting God in the Midst of Autoimmune Diseases
Trusting God: “Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. Faith is the solvent that sets you free.”― Shannon L. Alder
Trusting God: “Faith don’t come in a bushel basket, Missy. It come one step at a time. Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.”― Lynn Austin, Candle in the Darkness
Trusting God: “We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”― Swindoll Charles R.
Trusting God: “Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.”― Germany Kent
Trusting God: “No matter how hard you try to fit the pieces together, sometimes it’s beyond your control, so sit back and trust in his plans.”― Tilicia Haridat
In Closing on Trusting God in the Midst of Unexpected Autoimmune Diseases
I’m going, to be honest, the ONLY way I can get through these issues is by having my faith grounded in God. I lean on him to see me through all the ups and downs in my life. If it wasn’t for God’s grace I’d be so lost! I couldn’t make it without him.
Could God take these things from me? Yes, he can but he has his reasons for ALL things. I truly feel in my heart that God is using “My Issues” for His Glory and for my good. If life was easy ALL the time we wouldn’t grow. We tend to learn more in the darkest of times.
If my “Autoimmune Diseases” help someone else then I see it as gain. Look at the suffering of Paul and Job. Did God take their suffering away? No, he didn’t! Could he? Most definitely!
God sees the bigger picture, where we do not. One final thought…Remember, there is always another individual who has it worse than you or I do so we should be grateful!
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The following song and video by MercyMe have been a lifeline throughout my whole Autoimmune Diseases History. Remember to keep in mind this has been ongoing for me since 2008.
When I start getting the “feel sorry for Angie blues” I watch and/or listen to this to get me back on track.
One day it is my prayer to let Bart Millard know how he’s carried me through many seasons. Anyway, unless you’ve lived under a rock you know the song. Enjoy!!