Thursday, July 21, 2011

Caution: Healing in Progress

Good news!  My latest labs came back and my inflammation levels are finally "normal".   They are still on the high end of the normal range, but it's the biggest improvement we've seen in 9 months.  We're talking from over 100, down to the 60s and now 20!  Can I get a woo hoo!  Basically this means that my Enbrel shots are doing their job.  While I'm not pain-free, it is good to know the inflammation is under control and not creating more damage.  I still have a love-hate relationship with the medication, but my mindset has changed.  I am thankful for the shots and see it as a way of buying me time until there's an actual cure.  

Speaking of cures, I've had some thoughts recently.  Is there a difference between being cured and being healed?  Technically, it's probably the same.  Personally, I think one can exist without the other.  Here's why:  While I still have a disease, I believe without a shadow of a doubt that I am being healed.  Each day, each moment, healing is taking place.  It's happening throughout my body, but also in my mind and spirit.  Health is not just about normal lab results and the absence of disease.  I think health and wholeness are synonymous; it's your body, mind and spirit living and thriving.  

Healing is not completely out of our hands.  There are choices to make each day. I choose to nourish my body with foods that promote healing.  I choose to move and exercise in such a way that will bring back strength and vitality.  I choose to pray, worship and be still.  I choose joy.  I choose life. 

While my charts read "no cure", I know that by the grace of God, I am being healed.  And with that, I continue to move forward, thankful and unafraid.  

Love and Healing, 


  1. yahooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! happy happy hearts!!! love love love this post! :) xoxoxox

  2. woo hooooo! love from nyc: Rhodora and kim.

  3. you are simply amazing! woohoo is right! believing and having faith in yourself and your loved ones can do miraculous things to your soul and your body! i am so happy for you and jed and the kiddies way to keep fighting the good fight hun!

  4. Cheeehooooooo! God is GREAT! and you're not so bad yourself! Good job making lemonade out of the lemons that have been raining on you. I think He sees what a good and faithful servant you are.

    Jed's Friend

  5. Thanks everyone! Your support, love and encouragement have been a vital part of this healing process. Much Love! Kim

  6. YEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! :o) I am SO HAPPY for you!!! Still praying with you! All my love to you and your family!! <3 Rob

  7. Amazing news! A move in the right direction. Healing and cure. The story of the man that was healed at the pool of Bethesda comes to mind. John 5. Jesus healed the paralytic that had apparently been there for YEARS. "Go and sin no more." Jesus says. While his paralysis was cured, healing seems to have been neglected. Perhaps? I'm sure people look at that from different perspectives. Sounds like you are truly being "healed".

  8. So thrilled for you Kim! Your posts are inspiring, painful, yet joyful. They give me the kick in the butt I need and push me to be a better person. Thank you for being you! You are amazing!
    I'm so happy for you and your family!
    Love Mili

  9. WHOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!! Congratulations!!
    I am incredibly happy for you and your family. I hope your body pain is relieved soon, as well. Thank you for the wonderful reminder about healing versus being cured. I am learning new perspectives and happier, healthier outlooks to have. xoxoxox Keep shining, Kim!

  10. Wooohoooo! I am so happy for you Kim! You are an amazing, strong woman. Thank you for sharing this blog with us, it's truly inspiring.
    I have you and your family in my prayers.
    Love, Anabel Sakal