I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1996, shortly after joining the Air Force. After going through my first medical evaluation board in 1999, I felt fortunate that I was ‘returned to duty’ and not ‘medically discharged’, as I was a single parent of two young children. I knew many people who had less severe diagnoses and they were medically discharged. About three years later I developed a relationship with God, which changed my life significantly. In hindsight, I was amazed by the fact that He loved me even before I knew Him. I realized that I was not “fortunate” to remain in the Air Force but instead, I was highly favored by God and He had a plan much larger than mine. Once I learned that healing is a gift from the Lord, I began to live a life of expectancy. I was anticipating my healing manifestation and whole heartedly believed I was healed, however the test results always stated otherwise.
Years passed and I continued to grow in my relationship with the Lord. Still being treated for MS and still believing in my healing. In 2005 my world was turned upside down. I was training for triathlon and one evening after my swim, I felt absolutely terrible. The next morning, I felt even worse, so I went to the doctor. Two hours later I received a phone call from my neurologist telling me that I needed to go back to the hospital, because she needed to “reexamine me”. I knew something was wrong. When I got there, I was told that I had Leukemia and that they needed to start aggressive chemotherapy. I was also told that I needed a bone marrow transplant or I was going to die. Prior to them transferring me to Denver to begin treatment, I asked for an empty room so that I could pray.
That is where I met The Great Physician…Jehovah Rapha. (The Lord that Healeth Thee) For the sake of time I will not continue with my story, however you can expect a book to be published regarding my personal experiences. The Lord strengthened me to defeat Leukemia, MS, and many additional ailments that subsequently followed. In addition to this, I also survived 13 medical evaluation boards in my 20 year Air Force career. God certainly had a plan, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9, NKJV)
I would like to encourage everyone who reads this; that God has a great purpose for your life, a purpose that only YOU can accomplish. We all have ‘stuff’ that creeps into our lives that tries to deter us, whether it is your health, finances, emotions, marriage, children, work, or relationships you can overcome any trial or tribulation when you are partnered with God. He is indeed The Great Physician who has the cure for whatever you are going through. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV)