The Doctor Said (My New Not-so-wanted Saga): Diagnosis and Trust

By Nancy Virden (c)2023

The Doctor Said (My New Not-so-wanted Saga): Introduction Misdiagnosis Darkness Again? Not My Fault Comic Relief

It’s official. The doctor’s judgment has been handed down; I have Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Adjustments, a learning curve, and more changes to how I cope and function are in my near future whether I like it or not. Anti-inflammatories are harmful to me due to another rare disease, G.A.V.E., which hit me hard in 2017 and has upturned a sense of normalcy since. However, anti-inflammatories are what the Sjogrens doc is prescribing. Time will tell how this plays out.

Life has had its difficult challenges before. One truth is consistent in each event: God is good. There is a song by Cody Carnes titled Good that expresses this. Because God is good, I do not have to worry about potential upheavals.

Will God make everything easy? Probably not. That is not His M.O. He is more interested, according to scripture, in developing my faith than my ease. The book of Romans reads, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (5:3-5).

Much of what has occurred in my life that one might perceive as negative, has actually produced in me a joy that is tough to explain. I do not hope or believe that God is good, I know it. His presence is not imaginary or conjured, He is with me. Faith does not support me like a crutch, God fills my weaknesses with His strength.

Therefore, as I face the not-so-wanted saga as described in this blog over the past weeks, my emotions include normal frustration, impatience, mild anger, and annoyance. They also include joy, peace, and rest.

Psalm 131 says, “My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”

I choose to rely upon the goodness and love of my God. Whatever happens, I will trust.

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Today’s Helpful Word

Psalm 62:5

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.

If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!

Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.

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