Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Journeying Through Chronic Illness To Healing and Wellness: Update 3

In the early days of my illness, personal blogging wasn't popular and Facebook and Twitter didn't even exist! Hard to imagine now, I know. I've often wondered what it would have been like to have had those outlets back then? Perhaps it was for the best that we didn't. Those were some rough times and I might have scared everyone off :)

Nevertheless, here we are many years later and I am now able to share such things with you through this blog and social networking sites; just as you are able to share with me.

Thanks to all of you for following along as I continue my journey through this chronic illness en route to healing and wellness. It's both exhausting and exciting! I want you to know I truly appreciate your prayers and support. So many of you - family, friends and even strangers who are now new friends - have left loving and encouraging comments on my blog, FB and Twitter. Some of you have sent emails. Some have sent cards. I want you to know that it all means something to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I'm now in the sixth month of my natural treatment protocol and some changes are starting to take place. Many days are extremely difficult; some days are easier. But perseverance is the key. Perseverance in this protocol; perseverance in making healthy choices; perseverance in running the race set before me.


We are specifically targeting Borrelia burgdorferi; one of the strains of bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, and the multiple co-infections that accompany it. This is what makes Chronic Lyme Disease so complexed and complicated to deal with. The process of not only dealing with all of the long standing infections but also with the damage and dysfunction they have created in the body; in my body. It's like peeling an onion. We peel back and deal with one layer only to find several more revealed beneath it. And so it goes. It can be overwhelming and tedious work.

But we are on the right track. Since my last health update in January, I have had three truly pretty good days that I've not had in a very long time. Now I know three pretty good days might not sound like something spectacular to a lot of people but for me; it was a big deal! I believe it not only reconfirms the fact that I do have Lyme Disease and this treatment is the right treatment but it also speaks of better days yet to come.

In the meantime, I'd like to specifically ask that you pray for my endurance. I am not feeling well at all and am experiencing some very uncomfortable symptoms that are a result of our pursuing the Borrelia spirochetes and other bacteria and viruses. In other words, the treatment protocol is working. Change often comes about through chaos and crisis and so it is with the process of healing.

As I end this update, I want to share something that I realized a few months ago and think is quite amazing ~ the Lord performed His Word on my behalf! What do I mean by that? I mean He has revealed the true root of my chronic illness after being misdiagnosed all these years. The Bible says He will do such things.

"He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him" (Daniel 2:22 NIV).

"For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open" (Mark 4:22 NIV).

If God will disclose the truth of what has been making my body so ill for so long, then He's true to His Word. And If He's true to His Word, then my healing is coming; just as He told me it will. He has performed His word before and He'll do it again. I can't wait to blog about that!

I hope this can be an encouragement to someone else who might also be seeking and searching for answers. Or for one who might be barely holding on; just waiting for something to change. Don't ever give up. If you earnestly seek God, He'll do what only He can. The road is often long and hard, but I can attest to you that He is trustworthy and He is faithful.

He's the One whose kept me through all of this.

Copyright © 2011 Michelle Holderman

7 comments:

  1. This is extremely encouraging, Michelle. I look forward to the coming blogs that testify to God's healing power working in your body.
    I also praise Him for 3 good days. I can totally understand how much they can mean. Thank you, God!

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  2. Thank you so much, Melinda! It means so much every time you come by. I KNOW you understand and relate to what having a good day really means for one who is chronically ill. They're rare! How are you feeling?

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  3. Praying for continued wisdom and guidance for treatments. And major prayer for healing!

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  4. Praying for comfort and endurance on the path toward healing. You are producing fruit from you suffering. Standing with you Michelle, as we wait for healing...complete and total to manifest.

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  5. Lisa B. - Thank you for your prayers!

    Lisa R. - Thank you so much for praying this and standing with me! It means a great deal.

    Love and blessings to you, friends!

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  6. MY GRAND SON HE WAS JUST 13 HAS SHOW ME HOW MUCH FAITH IS IN HIM. HE HAS TAUGHT ME THAT I CAN SPEAK OUT TO OUR LORD. HE TOLD ME NANA JUST TELL GOD WHAT YOU WANT HIM TO DO WITH YOU AND I TOLD OUR LORD AND IT HAPPEN. NOW YOU TRY IT WITH A LOT OF FAITH,CRY OUT TO HIM AND TELL YOUR ANGEL TO HELP YOU TAKE THAT MESSAGE TO GOD.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this with me, Anonymous! I truly apprecaite you taking the time to stop by and read this blog post. God is so faithful to us, isn't He!

    Blessings to you and your family!

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