Living with an invisible illness has many challenges. Sometimes I wonder if I had a more visible or acknowledged illness, would people have more understanding. While there is a lack of understanding I’m thankful others don’t treat me differently, besides I’m sure thinking I’m strange.
The number of small things that are different in my life are countless because of my illness. Most people wouldn’t be able to point out even a handful. However, I look at the world differently and take hundreds of little steps daily to protect myself. Only those who also have Mold Illness can understand.
My life has been turned upside down. I had to let go of a dream career, make dramatic changes to my way of life and surroundings to create a safe space. I also had to realize this would be a life long battle; I must always be vigilant.
Having the support of my family is immeasurable during these times. But without my faith I’m not sure how I would have survived. Knowing there is one constant that will never change no matter what else is raging around me is extremely comforting. God and His character are the same today as they were yesterday and as they will be forever.
Each of us was uniquely created and has a unique path and purpose. This is great news! God created us beautifully; fully knowing what we will go through in life. We are not alone!
Each challenge I face, each trail I overcome, each dark day I endure gives me an opportunity to learn a lesson and focus my attention. I don’t know when my last day on earth will be. But focusing on something pure and holy and not on myself is a great start. God loves each of us and He alone can give me peace during the storms of my life.
I’m thankful for the words He has written to us in the Holy Bible. I believe and I’m in awe of the fact that Jesus Christ the Son of God came to earth, to take upon the sins of each of us. I’m grateful for the forgiveness I receive when I admit my sins; and humbled by the mercy granted to me. In the midst of a health crisis these truths are what I can take comfort in.