Let’s go on a journey of how I got here… this is a timeline of a broad stroke of getting diagnosis from October to February
Back in October 2021 – I woke up with a pain that felt like labor but there was no pregnancy. I did my usual gotos for body aches – epsom salt bath. NO RELIEF! I tried stretching, walking and even getting more rest… NOTHING … NOTHING Changed!
For a couple weeks I tried to walk it off, stretch it away and soak it to rest. It was only intensifying. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor which took longer than I wanted but we were in the midst of a pandemic so what could I do?!?
I prayed, asked God to help me navigate what was going on and how to feel better. He didn’t give me a direct answer – if I am honest He never does. It was all about trusting the process. I felt Him encourage me to push past regular action and be more aggressive in finding out what was going on.
In and out of doctors offices I went. I found myself listening to incorrect diagnosis that didn’t align with what I knew my body was experiencing was super frustrating. I continued to pray and God reminded me to not give up; the answer was there. So I continued to ask questions of these specialists and unfortunately I was dismissed. It was hard for me not to feel as though there was some disparity in my treatment but I kept hanging on to God’s direction.
I was gradually checking out on my life. The things I found important were no longer areas I could focus on. I was struggling with keeping myself together from day to day. Every doctor’s appointment left me feeling less and less likely to find the cause but just treating the symptoms.
The frustration, the limited mobility and extreme pain robbed me of moments to be fully present. My heart broke – my pain was taking me to places I had never been before in my life. People in my life just didn’t understand the reality that I was living. I was a stranger in my own body.
I had to make a choice every day on how I was going to deal. Then I began fasting (omitting eating and excessive television / social media from my daily activity) within 6 days of starting my body began new symptoms and increased pain. I was nauseous all the time and couldn’t keep food in, everything would come up within minutes to hours after eating or drinking. Friends thought maybe it was food poisoning. I lost over 9 pounds in 5 days. – This isn’t normal. I finally decided to take more assertive action and go to urgent care and not leave until I got real answers. Urgent Care opened at 9:00am. I was there at 9:15am – I didn’t leave until around 6:55pm. Again incorrect diagnosis that didn’t align with what I knew my body was experiencing.
After many tests and incomplete results I had to urge the doctor to treat me as if I were her to get the type of care and testing that would find something real. It was time to stop looking superficially at things and really take a deeper look.
In that deeper look – I got a CT scan that began a process that would forever change my life and my relationship with God.
Thank you so much for your prayers, donations and dedication to God’s vision. Look forward to growing closer and setting a space of intentional God moments. I am committed to leaning in and pressing forward no matter what the cost. So excited for the journey to continue.