|Author Tracie Peterson|
MS and MS by Tracie Peterson
Sometimes things come to us out of nowhere and we can’t help but wonder what God has planned. That’s the way it was when I was diagnosed with not one, but three different auto-immune disorders, one of which is Multiple Sclerosis. Until that moment, MS had always stood for manuscript – not a life changing disease.
Finding out I had MS sent me into a whole different area of research. No one in my family has MS so there was no one close to go to and learn about the disorder. God put me in touch with some really great people, however, and over the years I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also seen how God has been at work.
|Tracie's Montana Mountains|
MS symptoms are different in different folks, but one of the worst symptoms is the fatigue and memory loss. For a writer, both of those things interfere a great deal. When I was first diagnosed it wasn’t unusual for me to sleep up to 18-20 hours a day. Most folks didn’t understand – doesn’t everyone get tired? But this was different. I was exhausted to such a degree that I could barely move. The memory loss showed up in forgetting words or thoughts. I’d be working on my manuscript and come to a word that I just couldn’t bring to mind. It was so frustrating and worrisome, but God has shown me how to turn even that over to Him. When I come to those places where the word or words won’t come, I just leave myself a blank and come back to it later. I also started making lists for just about everything. For the exhaustion I’ve learned to pace myself and take naps. The doctor also had an amazing medication that has helped.
|Tracie's MS Hoodie!|
Everybody has something in life that interferes in some way. It might not be a disorder or disease, but there will always be those things that come to us and create havoc and frustration. There are a lot more things that we can’t change, than those we can so why let those issues run our lives or worse yet ruin them? For me, it’s a matter of refusing to yield territory to the enemy and in order to do that—I have to have a battle plan.
My plan goes something like this.
1) Pray and spend time in God’s Word.
2) Humble myself and admit my weaknesses, but focus on my strengths.
3) Understand that sometimes the answer doesn’t look like I think it should.
4) Keep a positive attitude – commit it all to God
5) Use my problem to encourage others and lead them back to the source of strength – Jesus.
Your battle plan will probably look different. It might be longer or shorter, but the important thing is to have one and let God run the show.
CFP: Thanks so much Tracie for sharing with us and our readers! We love your writing!!! Great Battle Plan!
Giveaway: A copy of Tracie Peterson's latest book (which I am listening to now on audiobook!) A Treasure Concealed. Winner's choice of format (OPEN to international readers also, the book is available through Book Depository!) Question: Do you have a "Battle Plan" to address health issues in your life or a loved ones' life?