When I was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis, I remember the sensation of knowing that there was something inside of me that was doing harm to my body. It was like the NF became its own living entity, the monster hiding under the bed. In fact, for a few days, it was all I could think about as I got my mind around what this meant for me, my family, and our future.
One of my friends said to me, “Sure, you have NF inside your body, but you also have Christ.” I will never forget those words. They were simple, to the point, and incredibly true. To know that whatever we are facing inside our bodies, or our lives, God is right there living in us, too, ready to protect and care for us from the inside out.
It has taken me a long time to accept the reality of NF, and to stop hiding from the very obvious symptoms. I, in fact found a lot of comfort in my hiding, but came to realize, that it was not doing anybody any good. If I wanted to live a full and happy life, I had to face my issues head on.
Disease and illness may permeate our bodies, but God promises that they cannot permeate our souls and spirits unless we let them. Fear is the enemy of hope and the opposite of faith...What are YOU living with?