Initially I was diagnosed with depression in April 2002 but even with medication there was no sign of improvement and in June 2003 I had to give up my job. However, it wasn’t until April 2004 that the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Otherwise known as M.E.) was officially diagnosed, although my G.P. had suspected it in 2003 and it was confirmed that I had had it for at least two years possibly longer. It was a relief that I wasn’t going mad, that it was not in my imagination but it was real. CFS or ME is a debilitating illness that leaves you constantly exhausted and unable to do the most basic of things like having a conversation with someone, doing housework, cooking a family meal, socialising with family/church family or friends. Sadly, it was made worse that no-one tried to understand how I felt or offered help of any kind (apart from my husband and immediate family).
I felt alienated because I was treated as a “mental health case” and no-one, it seemed, knew how to deal with me. Despite all of this I knew it was all a part of God’s plan for me that He needed to take me away from things so that He could teach me new things and that when the time was right He would bring healing. Then in 2006 a friend mentioned the possibility of going to the Healing Rooms for prayer ministry. To begin with I was unsure that this was the right way for me but prayed about it and asked God to provide the right opportunity if this was what He wanted. Thus on 19th October 2006 I went to the Healing Rooms for prayer ministry and God healed the ME. At last I was free from the restrictive bonds of the illness. Up to that point, I had needed to walk with the aid of a walking stick and from that night on I no longer needed it.
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