Saturday, June 15, 2013


When the doctor explained that the CD-57 test showed my number is 21, I cried, not for the diagnosis, but in relief. I am not crazy or lazy. I am sick. Chronic Lyme is diagnosed at 60,which means that 21 is severe Lyme Disease. Even though I am very ill, I am so grateful to know without a doubt I have Lyme Disease. And now that we know exactly where my health is at we can start treatment.

Right after my appointment I started IV antibiotics. I will be going three days a week for 6 weeks. It will most likely be a very painful process but I am ready to do whatever it takes to get better. So thankful God answered our prayers for clear test results and quick treatment. Thank you so much for joining us in prayer!

Prayer Requests:
  • Continued prayer for peace and comfort.
  • Continued prayer that insurance will cover all necessary treatment. The confirmed diagnosis should help with this.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Perfect Love

His plan for us is greater than we can imagine. Times of trial have great purpose and provide an opportunity for a turning point in our lives. When anxiety starts I remind myself of these words "perfect love casts out all fear" (1 John 4:18). I am perfectly loved by God and this love will only allow Him to do what is best for me. His plan may not be what I expect but it will be perfect.

As I wait for Friday's doctor appointment I need to cling to His promises and pray through my anxiety. The answers we receive on Friday will be exactly what God wants me to hear and the treatment plan will be in accordance to His great plan in my life.

"You don't have to fret about where your story is going because the One who writes it is big in wisdom, power and love." ~ Paul David Tripp

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Something New

The past two years have been an adventure. There have been many triumphs but also many days of hardship. In January, it seemed like the worse was over and that I was finally getting back on my feet. A few months later stress, doctor, and medication changes were causing me to go back to a place we never wanted to be again. We were doing everything to keep things under control  but it was time to make a change.

April was a month of survival but I was not at all prepared when I woke up one morning to a phone call from my mom. My Nana had a heart attack and was not going to make it. I was devastated. A few hours later Nana went to be with the Lord. Later that night I left to be with my family and Shawn soon joined us in Maryland. God blessed every leg of that journey and the time with all our family was precious. It was incredibly hard but we were together. I lost one of my best friends but I am so thankful she is celebrating in heaven today.

Travelling to Maryland and dealing with the loss of Nana just added to my health struggles. We researched all possible options for treatment in Hawaii, Maryland, and Texas. While visiting my family in Texas we found out about a specialist who has treated two of our friend's friends. We were hopeful and called immediately. Last Friday, after making many phone calls explaining our situation we booked an appointment for Monday.

It was a rather stressful vacation because there were so many unknowns. Would the doctor believe me? Would I stay in Texas for treatment? How long would I have to stay? Will our insurance cover the treatment or will it all be out of pocket? And the list goes on.

We saw the doctor on Monday and everyone who helped us was shocked that we got an appointment so quickly. Most appointments are being booked in July and August. When we were asked how we got the appointment all we could say was that it was God. We really liked the doctor and are blessed by her knowledge and her willingness to help us fight the Lyme Disease. I had blood taken and we are waiting to see the results before starting treatment.

 I am currently writing from Texas while Shawn just returned to Hawaii for work. I am staying with my family and I am so thankful they are willing to help take care of me. We all feel a lot better because we know I am supposed to stay here for now. It's not going to be easy but I am right where I need to be. My next appointment is in a week.

Here are a few specific prayer requests:

  • Pray for peace and comfort during this time of uncertainties
  • Pray for clear test results as well as quick and effective treatment.
  • Pray that insurance will cover all necessary treatment.

"In the same way I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born..." ~ Isaiah 66:9