I’ve always said, “If I ever needed to take pills every day to save my life I would probably die”. I’m not now, nor have I ever been, good at taking meds long-term. The same could be said for healthy eating. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve said, “I need to eat healthier”. I start out strong and before long… well you know. I’ve been reading and researching a lot on CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency Disease) and the immune system. WOW!!! The human body’s incredible in its perfection. There’s no way we morphed or big-banged into existence. Absolutely not! There’s got to be a divine, supernatural creator of great engineering intelligence behind such a complex, unique system of perfection. We were created perfectly, yet, life happens and the body breaks down. I say life happens, but there are many factors, and most if not all are mankind activated.
I’m changing to healthier eating. It’s not going to be easy. I’ve failed so many times before, it’s embarrassing. My not so quiet, taunting inner voice asks, “What will make this time different”? Hmm, good question. I’m not sure I have the answer. Other than my continuing in this journey called life may very well depend on my changing eating patterns and making life changes. Part of my challenge is discerning what’s best for my body and my situation. There are no easy answers. If experts can’t agree on what’s best, how am I to know? What’s a gal to do? I guess I’ll start by implementing changes the experts do agree are beneficial. 🙂
The first expert on my list – the giver of all life, God! My eating and lifestyle plan will be rooted in prayer as I seek the Holy Spirits council. I will be intentional in what I eat and in the life style changes I make. I will ask for wisdom regarding my choices and pray for strength to say no to bad choices.
- Preparation: Load the pantry and fridge with only right choices; plan menus in advance.
- Compass: A lot of trial and error ahead. A food diary will be instrumental in sorting out the good, the bad and the ugly.
- Movement: Exercise is a key factor in a well-functioning immune system. Who knew 🙂 I’m aging, physically challenged, and …. I’ll be searching for ways to move effectively and safely.
- Research: I now have a stack of books on the immune system and healthy eating amid my other research materials. Keeping abreast of the best strategies and latest wisdom is of utmost importance in living with CVID.
- Support: I will enlist the help of a friend or two to specifically encourage me to success; any volunteers?
I and many friends are praying for divine healing. What a great gift should the Lord choose to take away my disease. Since the experts in the field of immunology say, Infusion Drug Therapy is the only answer to offset the effects of the disease; that healthier eating won’t make one bit of difference, some would ask, “Why bother to make lifestyle changes. It’s too late; you’re closing the barn door after the horse is out. It is what it is… right?” Yes and no. I’m here in this time at this moment and juncture of life for a purpose. If I’ve 24 hours or 24 years yet to reside on planet earth, then I want them to be the best possible. I will do my part and leave the results up to God.
Marla Runyon the first blind Olympic athlete and International Paralympic champion when asked how she reached her Olympic goals replied, “I started in 1988 and in 2000 I made it to the Olympics. That’s 12 years. For every bit of success there were 3 setbacks. But if I give up now, I’ll never know and I’ll regret not trying. I’m going to dedicate everything to this goal; if I make it awesome, if not, I would have no regret looking back”.
Author Jean-Dominique Bauby had a massive heart attack resulting in a coma. 20 days later he awoke discovering he had a rare neurological disorder, ‘Locked-in Syndrome’. His mental state perfectly normal and stable but his body paralyzed from head to toe; only his left eyelid moved. Despite his condition, he wrote the Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking when the correct letter was reached as a person slowly recited the alphabet over and over. As a writer I can’t even imagine attempting such a feat.
Terry Fox had a leg amputated above the knee due to cancer. On April 12, 1980 with an artificial leg, Terry began his run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Terry ran 143 days and covered over 3,339 miles before illness forced him to stop. Cancer had invaded his lungs. The Terry Fox Run, held every year, is one of the biggest fundraising events in the world. Terry died in June of 1981, leaving behind a rich legacy.
Joni Eareckson Tada, as a young gal, broke her neck in a diving accident resulting in her becoming a quadriplegic. Joni is the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, an international advocacy for people with disabilities. Joni has written over 50 books. She is well known for her artistry as painter. She paints by holding the brush between her teeth. She’s quite good!!!! The organization has collected wheelchairs, too numerous to count and refurbished them for donation around the world. Joni’s received numerous awards and was inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Heaven will be full of countless lives who’ve been touched by this marvelous woman of faith.
I may not have the courage of Marla Runyon, the determination of Jean Dauby, the strength of Terry Fox, or the global compassion and giftedness of Joni Eareckson, but with the Lord’s help I will be the best me possible.
Until next time,
“As a person with any challenge, you make your strengths more visible. If you want to be known for who you are as a person, then your responsibility is to make your qualities more visible.” Marla Runyon
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Paul the apostle of Jesus Christ