Hi! I want to take the time to welcome you to my page, Living Faithfully with Autoimmune Disease.
I’m Tabitha and I have a mix of autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune Disease isn’t contagious and it can not be passed to someone else. Autoimmune Disease simply means that my immune system attacks itself and every thing my body sees as an invader. Basically, my immune system fights off too much. More specifically I have what’s called, mixed connective tissue disease. Mixed connective tissue is one of many autoimmune diseases. It’s sort of an umbrella term used to describe features like Lupus, systemic sclerosis, and polymyositis. Most often other problems will develop like Raynauds, joint pains, skin abnormalities, muscle weakness, fatigue, and problems with internal organs. It affects my entire body, but more so my digestive system, autonomic nervous system and blood. Simply put, I have a lot of stuff going on with my body that is hard to figure out.
I am married to my husband David, of 22 years! We have a sixteen year old girl and a thirteen year old boy. Life has not been easy to say the least for the last 6 or so years for any of us. There have been many hospital stays, near death experiences, many sick days, and special times that I have missed. With that being said, we have cherished the moments we have shared and made the best of the times we have had to cut short.
Autoimmune Disease does not define me or my family, it is simply a part of our life, that we simply make adjustments for. My daughter also has mixed connective tissue disease but right now at sixteen, she is only showing very minimal symptoms. Of course we know it’s not because of anything we did or didn’t do, it’s just bad genes. As a mother, I do fear that my daughter will one day be in a battle of her own with this illness, but right now all I can do is lay it in God’s hands and know that if he has taken care of me, he will take care of her too.
It’s not always easy to get up every day and start this thing all over again. I have moments, sometimes days and weeks that I just can’t… just like anyone else facing a ton of overwhelming stuff. Some days, are just plain hard, and some days I want to quit. I remember that I am blessed and no matter what I am feeling, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I could not face each day without my faith. God is my constant, and my strength. When I am afraid, he is all I have.
I hope to encourage you and serve as an example of God’s grace and love. Life is not always easy, and even if it seems like all is lost, there is always hope to be found in Jesus .
Robert D. Hales — ‘It is not how you start the race or where you are during the race-it is how you cross the finish line that will matter.