About Rebekah


Hi!
I am so glad that you are visiting my blog and so honored that you would like to find out more about me! I am just a sinner saved by God's grace and I want to share God's love story with the world! God is so good and He has allowed me to share my story of hope with many people already, but I feel that He is calling me to spread His words even more. I love speaking at Women's conferences and events.  I have been diagnosed with Dysautonomia which is almost in remission at this point in my life! Our God is Healer! Praise Him!

My hope story includes my journey through life with the health condition called Dysautonomia. I have Dysautonomia in the form of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (P.O.T.S.).   Let me explain what that means for the most part.  My Autonomic Nervous System, which controls involuntary functions of the body does not work correctly.  The involuntary functions are things that your body does without you telling it to.  I am now so much better than I was when I was diagnosed in September of 2009.  The Lord has given me some amazing healing that can only come from Him. My health journey began in June 2009, when I was admitted to the hospital for Pericarditis. This is an acute infection around the lining of the heart. I was told it would get better within 2-3 weeks, and that everything should be back to normal then. I was on bed-rest for 2-3 weeks (because of the possibility of cardiac arrest) and the Pericarditis went away, but I began having more and more symptoms. My symptoms included breathing irregularities, fast heart rate, big digestion issues to a point of eliminating quite a bit of certain kinds of food, muscle weakness (at times I was unable to walk/stand), migraine headaches, chest pain, fatigue, achiness, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, and other symptoms.   I had been a healthy teenager up to that point in my life and played sports, etc., but not after all of the symptoms began. I do not say this to make you feel sorry for me or anything of that sort, but just to share some of my life story with you all. God is so good, and He held my hand and my family's hand the whole way through. Doctors could not figure out what was wrong with me.  They would think it was something and then try to fix that problem, and then it didn't work. I was eventually sent to a very well known hospital, and a doctor there diagnosed me with the Dysautonomia and P.O.T.S. She was able to give me medication that helped me, but the journey was still just beginning. I had more problems and symptoms and in and out of the hospital 6 times in 2 years.  Doctors would think something else could be wrong so I went through multiple tests including an EKG, Echocardiogram, EEG, MRI, Endoscopy, Hida scan, and countless blood tests. God was still holding our hands. I missed days and days of school, and God was still there helping me keep up with the missed school work. Over the next few years, I missed quite a bit of school and some activities, but looking back, it was beautiful to see God holding our hands. Never letting go. Did we let go sometimes...probably but He never did. I began getting a little better with my health in 2012.  I was beginning to be able to do a little more; however, I was still suffering from some major issues.  I was especially having some BIG issues with my low blood sugar.  At one point, my endocrinologist thought I may have a cyst/tumor on my pancreas.  I was struggling with major low sugar episodes even after I ate a good meal.  People were praying that I did not have this tumor and I had to go through a pretty rough test to figure it out.  The day of the test, my sugar did SO much better, and since then I definitely still have sugar issues, but they are not near as bad as they were then.  I believe the Lord took the tumor away if I really had one. 
    
    Even after doctors thought there may not be anything else to help symptoms get better, God knew He was in control.  My Senior year of high school, I was told that my condition was likely a genetic disorder and it would probably be something I would deal with forever.  There was not much more the doctors could do, it was just going to be a life with limitations.  Right after I was told that, my symptoms began to get a little better and since then, God has placed my health condition in "almost" remission.  Let's just say, there is NOTHING my God cannot do! At this time in my life, the Lord has blessed me so much with good days. There are still days with symptoms and I do have limitations on what I can/can't do without making symptoms worse, but God has blessed me with so many more good than bad days!  I hope that you will not ever give up on God.  He never gives up on you.  Please know He has a purpose for your life! You can place your hope in His hands!

     I could begin having major symptoms again at any time during my life, but Lord willing, healing will continue!

1 comment:

  1. Reading your blog today ( thanks to Far Above Rubies) :) .... A testimony of God's amazing grace and the healing power of Jesus Christ!! You are a beautiful and obviously very gifted and talented young woman!! Thank you so much for sharing your story.. looking forward to many more Praise Reports!! Merry Christmas

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