Category: Chronic Illness

Give the Gift of Hope

Cyber Monday special: Touching the Hem ebook is just 99 cents this week on Amazon! Read on for more details: Do you know someone who feels overwhelmed by a long-term physical affliction? Give them the gift of hope this Christmas. Let them know you truly care, by offering a tangible message of hope in the […]

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Touching the Hem: A Biblical Response to Physical Affliction

How would you respond to a life-changing illness? I’d never thought much about it, until I was faced with the question personally in 2007. I was a recent college grad, engaged to a wonderful man, and involved in every activity possible. And then I got horribly sick, and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong […]

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My Life with Chronic Illness (Wegener’s Granulomatosis)

Life with chronic illness is an adventure. Not a fun one, but a long and challenging one that is constantly changing and evolving. It’s filled with doctors, tests, medications, a bit of guessing, some experimentation, and a whole lot of prayer. I should know — I’ve been living with chronic illness since 2007. I was […]

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Things I’ve Learned from Chronic Illness (4)

In honor of Invisible Illness Week, I’m sharing some things I’ve learned along my journey with Wegener’s Granulomatosis. So far, here’s what I’ve shared: 1- Recognize the body/spirit connection 2- See opportunities, not limitations 3- Realize that good health is not everything   Lesson #4: cherish the time you have Life is uncertain. We all know that. […]

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Things I’ve Learned from Chronic Illness (3)

In honor of Invisible Illness Week, I’m sharing some things I’ve learned along my journey with Wegener’s Granulomatosis. Read the last two posts here and here.   Lesson #3: realize that good health is not everything Our bodies start decaying the moment we’re born. Things grow and regenerate for the first few decades – but even then, we’re […]

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Things I’ve Learned from Chronic Illness (2)

In honor of Invisible Illness Week, I’m sharing some things I’ve learned along my journey with Wegener’s Granulomatosis. Yesterday I shared about recognizing the body/spirit connection. Lesson #2: see opportunities, not limitations It would be so easy to compare my current life with how I lived before Wegener’s. It would be easy to feel sorry for […]

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Things I’ve Learned from Chronic Illness (1)

Today kicks off the start of Invisible Illness Week. It’s not something you want to celebrate… but for some of us, it’s an opportunity to share how we deal with chronic “invisible” illness, and help raise awareness for the diseases we fight every single day. It’s called invisible, because to the average bystander, everything looks fairly normal. I’m not […]

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