“Joining the Unhealthy Club – Involuntarily”
Preparation: Read Chapter One this week.
After reading, begin answering the questions at the end of the chapter. I will list the questions at the end of this post. We invite you to share your insights and experiences, and how you responded to the questions. We will encourage one another in the process. You may have chronic illness(es), but you do not have to bear them alone. Let’s be here for one another.
Note: Except for quotes in italics, words in the post are Marie’s.
Our website HOPE FOR THE HURTING is labeled as “BIBLE STUDIES FOR CHRONIC ILLNESS SUFFERERS”. When you read the first couple of chapters of SICK & TIRED, you may ask yourself where the Bible study is. Stick with us. By chapter three, Kimberly Rae will get into the book of Job. Not surprising, huh? Job is all about suffering. In the initial chapters, though, Kimberly will lay the groundwork for the lessons to follow.
In the chapter one, Kimberly looks at her own health history in retrospect, from childhood to her final diagnosis many years later. You can probably identify with the zig-zag route of seeking a diagnosis. Most of us have experienced frustration, despair, humiliation, anger, depression, and feelings of isolation on the road to our own diagnosis.
A few of Kimberly’s own words:
“And now, just this past year, after fifteen years of searching, scores and scores of hours of personal research on the computer, and ridiculous attempts at diets and treatments trying to fix something, I have been officially diagnosed. Seems it wasn’t all in my head after all.”
“I have Addison’s disease. I also have asthma – which happened somewhere in the middle of all this and was quite annoying as I really didn’t have time for another condition – and, of course, the low blood sugar thing, and scoliosis…My most recent addition has been finding a cyst in the middle of my head. Now this did strike me as funny because, technically, if it’s been causing a lot of my problems, then it’s safe to say it really was in my head all this time after all.”
Yep. We get it. Many of us live with multiple chronic conditions. They seem to attach to us like BBs to a magnet. We accrue allergies to medications and fragile responses to environmental scents and noises. And worst of all, the medical professionals may not believe us! Grrr!
Take your time this week to answer the Group Study Questions. Tell us what you think. Be honest. We can take it. We’ve all been there. Let’s talk about it.
Group Study Questions
To make reading easier, kindly refer to the question number when commenting.
1. Think back. How long have you been suffering with symptoms?
2. When did you first approach a doctor with your symptoms? Did he take them seriously?
3. What are your feelings right now about having chronic health problems?
4. Do you have a diagnosis yet? Do you feel it is complete and covers your entire illness?
Consider journaling your entire health history, starting from whenever you first experienced symptoms until now. It’s a good way to consolidate years of information and emotions into one place and will give you a reference point for future use. Not to mention, you’ll have the whole story to hand over to whoever wants to know about it on those days you don’t feel like telling it.