Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sometimes Life Throws You A Curve Ball

Yep!, sometimes God throws something at us that we just don't know how to deal with. My older sister, Lisa has been undergoing some tests for some medical problems she has been having for sometime now. This has been going on for some years and now after several MRI's to rule out stroke, cancer, tumor the doctor is "almost" 100% sure she has MS (multiple sclerosis). What? How did this happen? How do we deal with this? What is gonna happen now? How is it treated? Can it even be treated? What is MS? All of these questions are things that I don't know the answer to. What I do know is that our God does not throw any curve balls at us that we can't handle. We may think we can't handle them but He puts us through these trials to bring us closer to Him. Sometimes I think it does the exact opposite for some. I am praying that my sister will have faith in Him and let Him guide her in what He has in store for her.

I have done some research on the Internet and now know that MS attacks the CNS (Central Nervous System) in our brain, neck and spine. My sister has been dealing with symptoms of MS for 6 years or more and we didn't even know it. She was told she had Restless Leg Syndrome and that is what her doctor has been treating her for. Just in the last 6 months or so has the symptoms gone from her leg hurting only at night to going numb during the day, no balance, dizziness, blurred vision, numbing and tingling in her hands. So finally she went to see a Neurologist and this is what he has concluded. He still wants to do a spinal tap on Monday to rule out Lupus but he said he is almost positive she has MS. So he puts her on light duty at work and her employer sends her home until further paperwork is provided by her doctor. Don't know if that is the way it is suppose to work. But until her doctor provides this paperwork she is not allowed to return to work. My sister is devastated! Not just about this disease but she has always worked and worked hard. She feels guilty, she feels hopeless. Their financial situation is not the greatest and she is the sole bread winner. Her husband is out of work due to several strokes and is in the process of applying for disability. Not an easy task dealing with Social Security.

I have always been pretty close to both of my sisters. We have always gotten along pretty well, except you know we were normal sisters and had our disagreements growing up. We have a crazy family and it definitely gets chaotic when we are all together but I wouldn't have it any other way. This news has been hard on me just for the fact that our family has always been pretty healthy. No big surgeries, disabilities, diseases, etc. So for our family to have something like this come up is definitely going to be challenging. Oh we will gather around and love and support her any way we can. That's just how we roll.

So if you will pray for our my family that He will show us how to deal with this disease, for faith, for love, for peace for my sister and her family. And also, the little girl I have asked for prayers for has now been moved closer to home so her dad and sister and brother can visit more. She is not doing well. Her family almost lost her last week but our God didn't mean for her to leave this earth. She is still on a ventilator but hoping she will be able to come off of that soon so continued prayers for her would be great.

I hope everyone has a blessed day:)

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