Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt


What Season Are You In?

posted by mpratt

pic for website 2012After nearly 15 years with lupus, I’ve come to realize that the journey with the disease moves along much like the seasons of the year. Spring, full of energy and promise and new things, is much like the early days of getting the diagnosis. After a long time, you finally know what is wrong (and are validated that, yes, there is something wrong, even though many people told you it was “all in your head”). Spiritually, you’re full of praise and thanks – God’s finally answered your prayer and you know what’s wrong!

Next comes summer, when the heat is turned up and the days are longer, muggier, and you really begin to feel what life with lupus is about and how drastically it will change your “regular” self and routine. You pray for guidance. Perhaps you pray for better doctors. You pray that the labyrinth of  insurance and other paperwork will get sorted out. You pray your loved ones will understand and stand by you.

With the realization that lupus is chronic, from “summer,” you move into autumn. The days are chillier and you feel it in your joints and bones. The sunlight, which you enjoyed before your diagnosis, is much less present, and you feel less cheery. But, you cannot sit idle. After allowing yourself to rest during the “spring” and “summer” phase, you begin to seek more medical opinions, advice from other lupies, information from books and the Web. You are restless and not so very happy that this chronic illness is, well, chronic. You might pray more that God will heal you, take away the disease, or at least lift much of its burden from your shoulders.

“Winter” is, for me, much like being in the depths of a flare. The pain is worse, the disease activity is ramped up, and the meds are, perhaps, increased. But relief seems a long ways away. If it will ever come. God, at a time like this, might seem far away. It might become more difficult for you to emotionally desire to give thanks or praise Him. You might be too tired to pray at all.

But, then, the flare subsides. Your emotions thaw. You begin to have a little more energy. You can see the early-spring green emerging from the hard-packed, cold ground.

The beauty of thinking in terms of seasons is that we can understand a bit more about the swings we go through as we live years with a chronic illness. Although it might seem difficult to believe at times, there is a cycle to it, and there are ups and downs. And, especially, the more we understand that the lows we feel will not be forever, the more we can rest in the faith that God stays with us throughout and is always ready to comfort us, even in the coldest winter.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen



Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.



Previous Posts

Chronic Illness: The Gift You Give
If medical expenses and life in general is sapping your ability to be a major gift-giver, take heart - and give it back! Yes, it isn't too late to lavish your family and friends,

posted 7:17:14pm Dec. 18, 2014 | read full post »

A Praying Spirit: Advent Week Three
When we enter a darkened room, what do we do? Turn on a light. There's an often complicated set of actions that takes place "behind the scenes" that we probably don't think about

posted 11:17:18pm Dec. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Chronic Illness: Too Tired Too Soon?
Wow, I am behind. Behind in decorating, doing, and all else having to do with the holidays.  Too soon this Season, I'm feeling that bone-deep fatigue that comes with lupus, anemia (just found out about that), and activity.  Steer me clear of the furniture section of the stores! I'm a goner if I co

posted 11:05:26pm Dec. 11, 2014 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: Let a Song In
I like to drive with music on. A CD or a radio station - doesn't matter as long as the music is good. But when I really want to benefit from the power and inspiration of mu

posted 10:59:20pm Dec. 09, 2014 | read full post »

Food for Thought: Revisiting Rudolph
I feel a particular affinity for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, especially the claymation television special. It aired for the first time 50 years ago and has been a favorite for millions since. I even have a Christmas tree ornament depicting Rudolph, red nose all lit up! Rudolph has meant diffe

posted 10:49:07pm Dec. 08, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.