Sometimes bad things in life happen. We don’t really understand why or how, but it happens. For me, that was being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 34. In large part, I ignored my diagnosis and lived in denial for as long as I could. Almost six years into my diagnosis, I stopped asking “why me?” I finally acknowledged that I had Parkinson’s and, once I did, my life changed for the better.
The journey to acknowledgement wasn’t easy. The denial affected me and my family on many different levels. I wasn’t in a good place, so naturally everything else in my life could not be in a good place. Not only did I experience daily battles with the physical aspects of the disease, but I became apathetic and depressed.
I struggled in my relationships with the most important people in my life – my husband, my family, and my friends. I have always been a spiritual person, but I’m not going to lie, even my faith in God was going through some shaky times (no pun intended).
When I was at the point of breaking, someone very close to me began sending me Bible verses to read and think about. Her messages were inspiring and prophetic. Once I stopped trying to control the situation, which I was doing a rather poor job at, I turned it all over to God. When I did this, I developed a sense of peace and calm within.
People have asked me “how can you maintain such a strong faith when you face adversity every day?” I trust in God. I honor Him. He takes care of me. God didn’t give me Parkinson’s, but He has given me so many blessings exceedingly above and beyond what I could ever ask for. My journey with Parkinson’s has been a humbling experience, but I have been incredibly blessed along the way.
Thank you for reading.
Peace and blessings,