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This post was supposed to be finished in time for the Blog Carnival, but God had other plans and sent me on an impromptu trip to Pittsburgh, PA. That is another discussion.

My faith in Jesus Christ as my savior is the only way I deal with migraine disease. He did what no one else could do. He died for my sins. He died in my place! I am eternally grateful for the cross (This is the first line of a song we sing in church).

There are five factors that carry me through migraine disease: faith, trust, acceptance, and prayer. The first two are so connected that I really can’t separate them.

Faith: I have the faith in the character of God. He is perfectly good. He is perfectly loving, He is just. He is eternally merciful. He is in control. God never changes. Not only does the Bible teach that God’s character is like this, but I have seen His hand in my life.
My faith was not always like this. There are times that I thought God was capricious. I thought that had abandoned me. I was angry. That didn’t last long, though. Somehow, sometime I was drawn back to the truth about God.

Trust: Trust follows faith. I trust God because He cannot do anything that is contrary to His nature. So then I can trust Him in all aspects of my life. He will not give me anything that has not first passed through His loving hands. Even when I have a bad migraine and I am in so much pain I can say that God is still good and loving.
Because my faith was frail and weak, in the beginning I couldn’t trust in God very well. But I knew He was there. He loved me when I couldn’t love Him.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Acceptance: Acceptance follows faith and trust. Early in my disease I could not accept it; I wondered how long it was going last. I said, “When will this be over?” I wasted a lot of time and energy working to that end. However, just recently, I realized that chronic migraine is just chronic. I have a primarily headache disease. Migraine can be controlled, but not cured. Once I stopped fighting the disease, and I stopped hoping for an end, I could spend that time and energy learning about migraine disease. I can teach others what I have learned. I can have peace with my disease.

Hope: Acceptance leads to hope. This is not a hope based on circumstance, but a hope in God who doesn’t change. This is not a false hope of healing, although that may happen. I have the eternal hope that is in heaven. This present life is not all there is. I know that I will be in heaven with Jesus; there is no more pain or sorrow in heaven. I have a longing for my home in heaven that I didn’t have before.

“because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel” Colossians 1:5.

Prayer: Prayer is talking to God. It is not always asking for circumstances to change. In the beginning, my only prayers were demanding that God would end my pain. When He didn’t end my pain I was angry, hopeless, frustrated, and depressed.
I believe that sometimes God answers prayers for healing, but I think they are rare. Acceptance has changed how I pray and what I pray for. Instead of healing from migraine, I pray for strength to persevere through the migraine. I pray that I can know Him better. I pray for peace when I am anxious or fearful. I pray that He doesn’t leave my side. He never does.

Migraine has changed me and it has changed the way I see God, my struggle here on earth, and heaven. I am grateful for this.

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This post was found on Leslie’s blog: Getting Closer to Myself If you have questions or comments about this project, please leave them on her blogsite or email her at: gettingclosertomyself@gmail.com.

Call For Submissions!!!
*************************PLEASE FORWARD*************************
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:Are you:
– A woman in your twenties or thirties who has a chronic illness, or
– A woman who is older, but was diagnosed with a chronic illness in your twenties or thirties?
– Are you either one of those and you blog about your illness?

If so, I am working on a project collecting essays from women about their experience with chronic illness. There are many books available that chronicle the story of one person. And they are great, but… I’m interested in providing women like me with a variety of stories that they can relate to. Although the diseases and symptoms may be different, the overall experience of chronic illness is very similar. I am also interested in having people tell their own stories.These stories should be in your own words! Tell it well and tell it from the heart!!!

Submission guidelines are the following:
– Essays should be between 5 and 20 pages.
– Please also include a few pieces of advice at the end of your essay that you think other women with chronic illness might find useful.
– Please include a paragraph or so about yourself.
– If you are so inclined, include a picture of yourself.The end goal is that these essays will be compiled and turned into an anthology for publication.

*** DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS SEPTEMBER 31, 2008

***ABOUT THE EDITOR: Leslie Rott holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology from the University of Michigan. She is currently a graduate student in the sociology Ph.D. program at the U of M. Expressing talent in journalism during her days as an undergraduate student, she has written for a variety of publications, working as a reporter for The Mackinac Island Town Crier and The Michigan Daily. She currently authors the blog Getting Closer To Myself (view here), which chronicles her journey with her own illness and other aspects of her life. And she was recently interviewed by Rosalind Joffe for her widely read blog, Working With Chronic Illness. The interview can be found at (view here).

Submissions or questions? E-mail: gettingclosertomyself@gmail.com.

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Interview on WegoHealth

Just want all of you to know that I have been interviewed by WegoHealth and it has been published. I am awed and honored to have been interviewed. So often I think that no one is interested in what I have to say. I am grateful that the interview was published with little editing, not like the mainstream media.

As for WegoHealth, it is a great website and organization. Janeen and Toni have been wonderful to work with. This website is packed with information regarding any health related topic that you can imagine. There are communities for ADHD, diabetes, cancer, asthma, children’s health, heart disease, and the list goes on. I urge all of you to check it out.

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