Celeste’s Health Challenge

If you’ve followed me or know me you know my story of going from Fat, Sick and Tired to Wonderfully Well.  You know that through a 21-cleanse I was able to partner with God’s design, give my body what it needed and reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eczema, Plantar Fasciitis, Depression and a host of other interrelated health issues.

You know that in the past 10 years I’ve seen my true body age go from 67 to 42, my spine completely rebuilt…no more degeneration or arthritis, my blood work perfect, my vision progressively improving. You know that I have energy, vision and passion to help others achieve those same results. My Story

Despite all those great improvements I face one health challenge

First let me say I am not equating my tiny-little-challenge with other people’s HUGE health challenges. Nor am I writing to whine and complain.  I’m writing out of obedience as I was told to “use my voice” in an effort to stand in Confidence and possibly encourage someone along the way.

If you’ve seen me over the past 10 years you’ve seen my body change…people often comment how much younger I look now at almost 58 than I did in my forties.  You’ve also noticed a change in my stomach…growing each year…not from fat but from some internal force.  Today, while the rest of my body looks fairly fit, my stomach looks as if I am 9 months pregnant; I’m not overreacting when I say this…I am regularly asked when my baby is due.  This condition began in 2007 and has slowly “grown up”…and out…

8 years later the “due date” has arrived.  An Ultrasound and CT scan reveal the “pregnant look” is caused by a very large liquid filled cyst that is about the size of…get this…four 9×13 baking pans stacked on top of each other!  Good Grief!

When I told my friend Gloria about the size of this “baby” her husband said “that’s the size of our dog Gizmo!”  So I decided to name it Gizmo.

Thank God for Google!

I think the cruelest part of the “medical process” is the waiting  between a potential diagnosis, the tests, the meeting with a professional for the results and a plan.  I am thankful I only had to wait a week…some people have to wait months.

Had it not been for google and the wonder of the patients “right to know” that week would have been years for me.  However, as soon as the doctor had the test results I buzzed an hour and fifteen minutes to her office to pick up my tests results and put them in the back seat of the car to deny myself the temptation to read them as I drove home.  Then Google and I spent the evening together.

My medical terminology from working as a back office medical assistant and medical transcriptionist combined with great google searches armed me with enough info to ease the comfort a bit, however, even with what I thought read like good news, the “What Ifs” took up way to much space in my brain.

What If…

  • “Gizmo” is some rare thing and my gut is full of cancer…but all my organs were clear on both the CT and Ultrasound.
  • This cyst is stuck to my organs.
  • It’s nothing but I need surgery and the doctor nicks my colon and doesn’t know it (this was much scarier to me than the other What Ifs).
  • I have surgery and my now healthy body becomes riddled with MRSA…

What If…It’s amazing what your brain can come up with!

And then there was…

  • What If all this health stuff I’ve been doing didn’t work?
  • What If the people I’ve helped over the years lose faith in God because of my illness?
  • What If my time on earth is shorter than I want it to be?

And being a wellness professional limits who you discuss these things with…after all I’m here to help others (I know that’s a lie but that was also on my mind).

The other challenge I’ve faced is the challenge of FAITH and CONFIDENCE in God!

It’s hard to turn off your mind when you have a “potential threat” right?  Like when you are home alone and in the middle of the night and you hear a “Thud” … even if you are brave enough to get up and check it out, and it’s just a branch on blowing in the wind,  it’s hard to go back to that place of rest and trust that everything is OK.

My “Word of the Journey” is Confidence…

1 John 5:14

13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

14This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.…

If you know me, you know my personal mission is to

“Incite People to Confidence in God” and His creation.

Trusting God is a journey I’ve been on my entire life.  The times I’ve sought counsel from professionals regarding other challenges the message was the same…”Celeste, this is about you trusting God”…it’s not about the circumstance.  It’s funny, as much faith as I have for OTHER PEOPLE it’s not always easy to trust God for myself and Stand in Confidence.

One thing I know for sure…these blog posts are a direct order from heaven, delivered to me this morning by a sister in Christ and confirmed several times before the order was given.

What is “The Order” I received this morning?…I’ll explain that and the next step of the journey next time.  I’d love to hear your comments if you have any…I promise I’ll answer back :0)

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