I haven’t shared information from my weekly newsletter from multiplesclerosis.net for a while. The one I got last week includes many good articles. The first one I will share is from Devin Garlit. He talks about others in his circle of influence that say that he should pace himself. We who have chronic illnesses understand that concept and do with it every day. He goes on to explain that when others say pace yourself it is a huge reminder that we are different.
The second article is called “Do I Deserve It?” also by Devin. That is a very interesting question. As a Christian who believes in healing from the hand of God and has been prayed for many, many times, sometimes I start thinking that it is my fault. As I think many of us with chronic illnesses do from time to time. But then I read Psalm 139: For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Why do I have MS since He formed me in my mother’s womb? I think to fulfill 2 Corinthians 1: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Kim Dolce discusses in her article about how she relates to her elderly neighbors rather than people of her own age. She talks about suddenly aging from 41 to 90 overnight. It’s fun to read!
There’s also an article about emotional changes that come with a chronic illness, how to manage stress and confusion our about health, and having trouble swallowing, and the featured story is “To Go Where No One Has Gone Before”.