About livingfaithfullywithautoimmunedisease Author:Tabitha

Hi! However you have landed on my page, I want to take the time to welcome you into my life with autoimmune disease. So, I'm Tabitha and I have mixed connective tissue disease. Mixed connective tissue disease is 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. 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 have been 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 though, it is simply a part of my life, and bad genes. If you passed me by in public you may not even know that I am sick, more than likely I would smile and when asked I would say I am good. That's because despite all the chaos going on in my body, I am....good. I simply 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 that even though life is not perfect, there is always hope.

Being present with gratitude.

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Gratitude is the simplest way to shift your life perspective. In a fast paced world, with all things being advertised as “instant,” , with all things being available at the tips of our fingers, it can be incredibly easy to get distracted from taking the time to be present and actually feel a sense of gratitude.

One of the things that my illness has taught me is time is the most precious gift I can give and if I am not present while giving it, it doesn’t count. I have learned that my mere presence doesn’t mean I am present. So today, on Thanksgiving Day, I am choosing to rise above all of the hurry and move myself into a conscious state of gratitude. I am choosing to be present, choosing to acknowledge the good things in my life and choosing to enjoy them.

They say laughter is the best medicine, so today I am going to enjoy all the belly laughs I can and take in all the blessings that God has given me.

How many days are you present with gratitude? I mean really connecting with those around you? Take the time to have a good laugh today, take the time to connect on deeper levels with loved ones and really be present, and gratitude will certainly follow.

What’s my purpose?

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Ephesians 2: 10
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
 
This life was never meant to be mere survival, although that is the mode most people seem to be in. You were created with a plan, and a purpose. 
 
Jeremiah 29:11
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
 
You were fashioned in His likeness, fearfully and wonderfully made, God never makes mistakes,  The beauty about your life is, you were created with a specific plan that God has prepared just for you to do.
 
It wasn’t designed for the Pastor, or the lady in the seat in front of you at church, that seems to be involved in everything, no this one is just for you, no one else, for your life. 
 
Your mission in life is His mission He made just for you. Today, discover that mission, that work, that perfect plan that God has for you to do. God knows what you are capable of even if you are not sure what you are capable of doing, He knows you better than you know yourself. Go for it!

New post…quick update and thought

I can face things that are not in my control, because I rest in knowing that God is in control.

They say that which does not kill will make you stronger and right now I am I believing that. I continue to have major swallowing problems along with my lupus and connective tissue disease. Night after night, I struggle going to sleep with anxiety of what might happen when I am unconscious. In the last few months I have had aspiration pneumonia from food and fluid getting into my lungs twice and I went into sepsis the last time. I have been seeking treatment tirelessly, praying for a miracle. I have so many rare diseases, that nobody knows how to begin to treat me. It really does something to the mind when the doctors look you in the eyes, and say, there is nothing we can do but I am referring you to another service.

I know that my fate really lies in God. I am resilient because of God, and even though I am weakened right now, my strength lays in my heavenly father. God is in control of this so no matter what I will not fear the outcome and I will remain faithful and hopeful.

Our trip to Tampa Aquarium.

We have already had quite the excitement for September with Hurricane Dorian threatening to hit Florida’s east coast. Last weekends plans were interrupted so today headed down south just a couple of hours away and we celebrated my son’s thirteenth birthday at the Tampa Bar Aquarium today. I don’t get out much these days but today I used my power chair and I have to say that it was refreshing to do something normal.

Tampa Bay 2019
Otters
Turles swimming above our heads in the aquarium.
I am so in love with the turtles.
Stingrays
Sea Turtle…My favorite picture!