...continued from 4 previous posts.
While I'm still unsure of exactly why I got Fibromyalgia... why God allowed this to happen to me... and I still get overwhelmed at times... I've come a long way even since I posted the 4th part of my story.
God has been incredibly gracious to me. Showing me His constant sovereignty, His hand in my life, and His awesome ways.
And I am so thankful!
I have been recently tested again for thyroid problems, and it's all clear. I never did get further testing for Lyme's disease, but I spoke extensively with my doctor and I trust her, and I don't think that's really an issue for me. And as most of you know now, I've made huge strides in my weight and lifestyle adjustments. I've lost 6 pounds thus far and several inches in places like my hips, triceps, and abs. Woohoo! I know I still have a long way to go, and the holidays are setting me back slightly, but I will not give up, I will persevere with God's help!!
I've also had excellent biblical counseling with a friend from church (Fibro takes quite an emotional toll). I still deeply long to be a mother, but we're still waiting. I haven't found another rheumatologist. I haven't seen my amazing chiropractor in nearly a year. Mostly, he's too far out of the way and this year I wanted to concentrate more on weight loss and getting healthy. I love my new doctor, she is really awesome and knows a lot about Fibro. She's helping me stop taking some meds. I've already come off one and I've seen a difference in my blood pressure. We're working to come off another one... I am coming off it slowly to just see what happens. I hope to get off my blood pressure meds in the next 6 months or so. The hope is that as I come off these meds, I can handle things more naturally so that the weight continues to come off and my health continues to improve. I do not want to be so reliant on medicines if I can help it. (Not that there's anything wrong with it or that you should do likewise, this is just what I am thinking and what thus far is working for me because of other lifestyle changes that are assisting in the process.)
The biggest difference, of course, has been the exercising. I am so in love with my gym! From the awesome member advisor, to the personal trainers, to the nutritionist, they are all extremely knowledgeable about Fibro. I was so surprised. They are all so incredibly amazing. I remember feeling so intimidated for so long about going in. But I also know a coworker who loves that place (different location), and I knew it had a pool (thinking that would be all I could do). They have a 7 day free trial pass, so I finally decided why not? So in I went. And I have been very grateful ever since. I'm just thrilled with Lifetime Fitness, and cannot imagine going anywhere else. Ever. It's my kind of place! (Sometimes I still can't believe I'm even saying that!) Thank you Lord!!!!!
My Fibro story will continue to go on. But by God's continued grace, we will find ways to manage and control it so it doesn't overtake my life. Ever again.
Thanks for sharing in my journey with me!