May is a month of awareness days for more than one health issue. Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.
While women make up the majority of people with Fibromyalgia, I happen to be one of the men who also lives with it. I was diagnosed last year, but have been living with it for a long time.
It is one of the Chronic Illnesses I live with and lucky me I was in the process of finding out if I have another one before all of this COVID-19 stuff hit.
The symptoms include:
For me the worst ones are constant fatigue and pain. If there is one bright side to teaching from home because of the virus, it is that it is easier to take naps. 🙂
I have lived with Chronic Illness for over 25 years. But God has given me grace and strength to go on 11 ministry trips in other countries, start a ministry in my home city for refugees and immigrants, and to teach ESL.
I understand what Paul meant when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 12 what God told him:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
I can’t imagine living with 3 Chronic Illnesses without God. I have had days that in the morning I mutter a prayer like, “I have no energy Jesus. I need you to carry me through this day.”
Those days wonderful things happen like a student having a break through, or having the opportunity to share Jesus with someone.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.