Today, my aunt & I traveled to Asheville to meet with Anne Walch, P.A.--she is a Lyme 'Literate' Specialist. After going through ALL the doctor reports, MRI reports, blood work, etc and meeting with me & doing an exam, she has given me what I have waited for for quite some time now--a diagnosis--Lyme Disease.
Some may think it is crazy to consider hearing that you have Lyme a gift, but I truly do consider it as a gift, and only through the wisdom God is giving me do I. God has gently laid a peace over me today that He is going to work mightily through me. I am confident that He is going to use the treatment plan she has laid out for me to make me better, and hopefully heal me completely.
...in my own flesh, I am a little nervous because when I do start the antibiotics in about 4 weeks, as they start to kill off the bacteria in my body, I will get worse before getting better, & the antibiotics are going to be pretty intense for at least 9 months or so, & then at that time, I will hopefully be able to lower the dosage & eventually taper off...but all those details I need not to worry about right now as I think about these 3 verses:
John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."
Proverbs 16:9 "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."
Phil 4:6-7 "...do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Andthe peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"
Part of the treatment plan does include a change in my diet--going gluten-free. If you know me, you know I love sugars & carbs....so this is going to be difficult, but I will do what it takes--I am highly motivated to get better, so changing my diet is going to have to be part of it, so I will do it!...anyone that has recipes, I'm totally open to accept them :~) Again, in this area, God has given me such a sweet gentleness about it...it's like He has encouraged me today, as I act in obedience, and do my part in what I can do since this is a whole lifestyle change to get better, He will heal me, but even more so I will live through this and experience it first-hand, which excites me that God may use me in the lives of others who have Lyme or something similar...so I say all this to say I am actually excited to see how God is going to work in me, through me, and around me, ultimately that He would receive All the Glory!
Welp, it's been a Long, but glorious day...time for nite nite! :~)
- Heather Francisco
- God crossed our paths on 4-21-06...we took our time to officially start dating--we prayerfully started dating in the Summer of 2006, got engaged on 5-19-07, and God united us as one on our wedding day, 12-15-07. Exactly 1 year later, 12-15-08, we found out we were expecting our 1st child, Bailey Josiah, who was born on 8-3-09. God has blessed us beyond measure with such a precious son! We are so thankful for each other & for the amazing opportunity to raise one of His precious children. Little did we know, that a short 4 years later, we would be living out our vows, "through sickness & in health"...we hope & pray that this struggle with Lyme is going to be temporary, but right now are just taking it one day at a time, trusting God each step of the way. "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9...."Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5b