Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 14

Day 14: Give 5 things you are grateful for.

Singing for Jesus in college!

1. My relationship with Jesus Christ. I did not grow up attending church. I became a Christian by my own choice when I was 15. My faith has waxed and waned over the years, reaching a peak when I was in college and surrounded by fellow believers. However, once I graduated, got married, moved, and started my career (all within about three weeks of each other), my faith stumbled and stayed that way for six years. Thankfully, I’ve experienced a personal revival over the past six months and now I believe my faith is stronger than it’s ever been. Praise the Lord!

2. My husband, David. We met on the first day of college and didn’t realize at the time that we are soul mates. It sounds cheesy, but if you ever find yours, you’ll know what I mean. He’s the one who has been with me at my highest times and my lowest times, through each and every diagnosis and surgery. It couldn’t be more right to say that I truly married my best friend. For more on just how awesome my husband is, check out my post In Sickness and In Health.


3. My health. What? How could I possibly be thankful for the train wreck that is my health? Because without my health taking a nosedive this year, I don’t know that I ever would have renewed my faith in Christ. I hit rock bottom in a hard way and it was there I discovered that Jesus was still waiting for me to return to Him, reaching out His hand to help me up and then to carry me out of the valley.

Christmas 2012, photobombed by Luna

4. My family. I have the most supportive parents, brother, in-laws, siblings-in-law, and extended family anyone could ask for. They’ve loved us and supported our decisions and helped us through the tough times. Although we don’t exactly live close to them, they’re always just a phone call away in a crisis.

2nd surgery, July 2016

5. The Center for Endometriosis Care. They’ve given me my life back twice now. They are the most compassionate and caring group of healthcare professionals you will ever find anywhere. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back a third time if I needed to. Without them, in particular Dr. Sinervo, I don’t know where I’d be. Now my endometriosis is under control and I pray it stays that way, all thanks to the tremendous skill of Dr. Sinervo.

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