Saturday, May 24, 2008

It's been a long road...

But here I am. As any of my friends and family would know, I've been sick for quite some time. This illness was sometimes diagnosable like pneumonia, whooping cough, asthma, and hoshimoto's thyroiditis. However, I also experienced chronic fatigue, headaches, digestion problems, sleeplessness, etc. I've finally got an answer for all of these things and the future looks encouraging, but not easy. Last week I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. This is a chronic pain condition that affects every aspect of your life, including my cognitive abilities, which is why I have not blogged in several months.

I am sore all over, it sometimes hurts to sit, or stand, or walk, or lay down. On top of that the headaches, facial pain (TMJ) and irritable bowel syndrome make living next to impossible.

People say, oh but you look fine, or you're so young. And yes, both of these things are true, but they don't make what I'm experiencing any better.

So here I am to say I'm back in the blogosphere, advocating for chronic pain, discussing ecology and the environment, and relating all of this to my spiritual journey, which has been an uphill battle.

Over the next few weeks I hope to post some articles and links to help you understand my condition. As well as share with you my plans for the future.

5 comments:

Matt said...

We all bear a cross somehow. I'll make sure I remember your situation in prayer. My sister has it and its not an easy thing to deal with.

But God may have given you a special grace in your suffering. It may be a way for you to grow closer to him in ways you might not have otherwise.

And then there is this aspect...

Colossians 1:24 (ESV)
"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christi's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church."

Chrissy Joy said...

Yeah, I'm sure there is a reason. However I'm not so keen on the suffering for Christ thing... You know, since he already suffered and all....

Matt said...

Well Paul was really keen on it. :-) Regardless, you are in my prayers.

Chrissy Joy said...

Thanks Matt, I really appreciate all the prayers I can get. Mostly for coping with the pain, and learning to live a productive life.

Matt said...

We all bear a cross somehow. I'll make sure I remember your situation in prayer. My sister has it and its not an easy thing to deal with.

But God may have given you a special grace in your suffering. It may be a way for you to grow closer to him in ways you might not have otherwise.

And then there is this aspect...

Colossians 1:24 (ESV)
"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christi's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church."