I didn’t think I’d be posting medical info anymore, but these two websites contain helpful information for the disease management of GI issues.
The first is by a father, who was dedicated to much research to help his daughter…http://crohnsdad.com/
The second article caught my eye, please also note the section entitled, “Reverse Celiac Disease”…containing articles by Ashley’s doctor, Dr. Fassano…http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/12/success-story-how-julie-went-from-a-hospital-bed-to-healthy-and-drug-free/
As we are walking thru this Christmas season, I am thankful daily for what God has done in our family these last 2 years. During some of our worst days, a wise woman said to me, “I know you don’t believe this, but later you will miss the intimacy that you have with the Lord now.” I must admit, I didn’t see it at the time, but now completely agree. Although I would have never raised my hand for this trial, it has profoundly changed each one of us and I honestly don’t wish that it never happened. I hope you hear my heart in this. Obviously, I would never choose to see my child suffer, as we did for many heart breaking days, when I felt that I could not go on…BUT GOD…not only did we go on, but we have each grown in our walks with the Lord and relationships with each other in ways that I never knew were possible. We (and you:) have witnessed the miraculous hand of God at work, that reached down and rescued Ashley and we have experienced His healing in a very real physical, spiritual and emotional way. These last 2 years have forced us to cling to Christ and He has more than proven Himself trustworthy and faithful. We greatly rejoice, as the Lord has led us in battle to be overcomers and to walk in victory…both physically and spiritually!!!
Now, to the real reason of this post. As we continue to help people physically and spiritually thru GI illnesses, Ashley is confident that the Lord has and will continue to use her story for His glory to benefit others. She keeps asking, “when are we going to write the book?” Well, recently for a class, she (with a little help from dad) had the opportunity to start it! Her assignment was to write about an object that described her, but keep the reader guessing until the end, what object she was. The truths and the parallels that she used were profound. See how long it takes you to figure it out, but don’t miss the power in her words…
I am a place of hope…I can point people to the truth…I am unique and like no other…I have had many people visit me…I have saved people from danger…I have a solid foundation…I have weathered many storms…I have a keeper that takes care of me…I like to be near the ocean and the beach…I have a light in me!
Yes, a lighthouse! May you have the opportunity to slow down and sit at His feet this Christmas season and be filled with the true purpose of it all…to carry the light of Christ with you into dark places, as Jesus did when He entered our world over 2,000 years ago!
Merry Christmas to each of you who have soo faithfully prayed and encouraged us through it all:)