Update On My Journey Through Chronic Illness

My body has been through a lot since I blogged about my health last September.

I've been on the treatment protocol for chronic Lyme disease since then and in all honesty; it's been extremely difficult. Having felt bad throughout all these years (but now knowing why), it is something for me to say that I'm feeling uniquely unwell on this protocol. Yet I know, both in my head and in my heart, this feeling bad is my body working within the throes of true healing. It is a complicated task to try and explain what living on a daily basis with chronic illness is like and so it is with this treatment. Truly, only God knows. And my mother.

I've shared with you how challenging living with this illness and disability for the past seventeen years has been. Just imagine it for yourself. Well, I can certainly tell you this protocol has brought it's own unique set of challenges with it! I'm not quite sure how long I will have to be on it, but this is clearly a p-r-o-c-e-s-s. My doctor told me to expect a solid year of treatment and then we'll go from there.

Looking at it in the context of the "Big Picture," I say what's another year compared to seventeen? Or two for that matter? On the other hand, I truly want to be well sooner rather than later and part of the challenge in this is to keep on keeping on; even after so many years.

Now let me tell you what my faith is expecting - that the Lord is going to completely heal me. I say this not because it's the right thing to say or the super spiritual thing to say; I say it because He told me that is what He's going to do. And I believe Him. I know it will come at His appointed time.

So, while I'm waiting, I will continue doing all that I can possibly do and leave the rest to God, trusting that He, alone, is accomplishing something greater for the Kingdom through this. And I have a strong feeling we might all be surprised.

Stay tuned.

~ Michelle


  1. Thanks for sharing Michelle...I continue to pray. Love you!

  2. God Bless, will continue to pray. love you very much...

  3. I hope you feel better soon :-)

  4. Thanks so much, Old Geezer! I truly appreciate you stopping by :-)

  5. I will be lifting you up to the Lord in prayer. With God nothing is impossible. God bless, Lloyd

  6. Lloyd, thank you so much!! You are so right; nothing is impossible with our great God! Come by anytime. Blessings to you and your family!

  7. Hi Michelle,

    Today I Googled the words "Hope and Chronic Illness" and coincidentally stumbled onto your blog (specifically one of the photos you used...Ray of Hope). Ironically, I was looking for an image to post to go along with the theme I was discussing: Chronic Illness and Suicide. Even more ironically, I also have Chronic Lyme disease...something I didn't realize we share until I came back and did a little reading.

    Anyway, I hope you don't mind, but I posted your photo and a link to your site on my own at www.AlterEverything.com. It doesn't look like you took the photo, but wanted to give credit where credit's due. If it's a problem at all, please let me know so I can remove it ASAP. I'm so sorry to see we share the same disease, but look forward to reading more about your journey....especially your new herbal protocol. Hope you are having a "good" day. Much love....

  8. Hi Kathy!

    Thanks for your comment. Very nice to meet you! I'm so glad you "stumbled" onto my blog. I just went over to your site and briefly read through some of your posts. I look forward to following along on your journey as well. I'm sorry, too, that we share this same disease but you now have a new friend and supporter :)

    No problem with the photo. I actually did NOT take the pic but found it online and could never find who to give credit to for it. I really love the "Ray of Hope" it portrays.

    I'm gonna hang out on your site and find out more about you and your Chronic Lyme journey. Any thoughts or insights you'd like to share? Take care. Much love to you also.