A Small Change I Hope Will Make a Difference

In June 2021, I started taking methotrexate for Psoriatic Arthritis/Psoriasis. I read comments by people on Instagram who take it and referred to the methotrexate hangover, which is not feeling like doing anything the day after. So I took it on Fridays with the thinking that Saturdays can be spent at home if need be.

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The opportunity to help Ukrainian refugees on Saturdays is something I believe God is calling me to do, but then there is that methotrexate hangover thing. So I made a small change. I injected Sunday afternoon. My thinking is that this small change will allow me to help the Ukrainian refugees on Saturdays with worrying about being out of it due to the medication.

I tried it this past Sunday due to the holiday yesterday to give me a trial at it. My thinking is that Mondays I can teach in the morning, come home to rest, and then teach online Monday evenings.

Chronic fatigue is something I always have to factor into my decisions including the after effects of methotrexate. That is just part of life while living with chronic illnesses. I am so grateful Jesus gives me strength.

I am looking forward to this Saturday and spending time with my new friends from Ukraine.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Groaning But Keep Going

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling,  because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

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This passage from 2nd Corinthians 5:1-5 came to mind yesterday after Craig of Poetic Perspectives at brocraigblog.wordpress.com replied to me asking how he was in my comment section, “I am about the same physically, but have lately felt more blessed and closer to the Lord, spiritually, which is the most important thing. He is ever faithful and loving toward His own and we truly cannot even begin to comprehend the extent to which this is true! Thanks for asking!” Craig lives with chronic illness as do I.

Yesterday I groaned a lot. I missed the bus that would have taken me the mile and half distance from the school where I teach to my coffee shop. Problem is the bus system here is terrible. The bus comes only one time each hour. So instead of waiting for one hour, I walked to the coffee shop. As I walked, my left foot and ankle reminded me that psoriatic arthritis has struck there. My right knee spoke up too not wanting to be left out. By the time I made it to the coffee shop, it felt like I had finished a marathon.

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Living with autoimmune issues like psoriatic arthritis and also with fibromyalgia means I feel like groaning all the time. I am looking forward to the day I am in heaven with no more pain. But to be here in this life, even living with chronic pain, means opportunities to share Jesus and his gospel with people from diverse cultures.

One of the first things I will do after I get a different vehicle, thanks to people being generous to donate, will be to join a club again that has an aqua track, It is a walking track of warm water, It is great for people with arthritis.

I will be more mobile again, so visiting refugees/immigrants will be part of my routine again too which is the best part for me. 🙂

So here is to more ministry even though I am groaning.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

September Was Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month/October- Lupus Awareness Month

September was rheumatic disease awareness month. That covers a range of diseases such as lupus, forms or arthritis and more. October is Lupus Awareness Month.

This is an issue close to my heart due to living with chronic illness myself. I draw strength from God to face chronic illness. I can’t imagine facing chronic illness without my relationship with Jesus who gives me strength.

The most difficult things for me in living with chronic illness are the pain and fatigue. I think fatigue is the worst. I have lived with pain for over 25 years. I can kind of ignore unless it is a real bad day. But fatigue means even after sleeping 7 or more hours, I am still fatigued and it lingers through the whole day. Maybe that is why I love coffee 🙂

Because these awareness months, I want to share a post with you from a fellow blogger who lives with Lupus and a video by a young lady who lives with Psoriatic Arthritis.

Savannah shared a post yesterday in her blog One Mountain At A Time at savannahwall.wordpress.com about her experience living with Lupus. The post is If You Think You’re Tired of Listening to People Talk About Their Chronic Pain, Imagine How Tired They Are of Living With It. It gives a lot of insight about living with Lupus.

Kristen is a young woman who is living with Psoriatic Arthritis. She shared a video a few weeks ago on youtube about 5 Things Chronic Illness Taught Her. She is a young woman who faces life with a chronic illness drawing strength from her faith and relationship with Jesus. Her video gives insight into what it is like living with a form of arthritis.

I wanted to share the stories of these two young women in honor of Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month. It is an issue near and dear to my heart.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.