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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
December 4, 2011 1:45 pm
Published in: Uncategorized

One of the most hope-giving things is that the sun rises in the morning.  I assume you can relate to life seeming overwhelming and/or hopeless at night sometimes, and something about a new day brings hope and a new perspective.  The sun has risen and the sun has set, and the sun has risen and I still have Graves Disease, but life still goes on…

The Endocrinologist wanted to do a scan of my thyroid at the hospital… it seemed like a huge deal as I had to be at the hospital at 8am (having fasted) for an injection, and then go back at 12noon for a scan, and then go back the following morning for another scan!  I went and did my multiple day scan, and on my way out the second day, I had joy.  The joy came from the fact that I was WALKING out of the hospital.  I remember praising the Lord as I walked to my car, grateful for my HEALTH.  The wing of the hospital where I had my scans was the Radiology unit (I wanted to take photos for the blog, but we don’t just snap photos of other people in America, you could be sued or something, and then I got to pondering why we feel the freedom to do it in other countries…).  There were about 5 hospital beds with people who looked half dead along the walls of the Radiology unit; these individuals looked very sickly and like they were not going anywhere anytime soon.  I walked out of the hospital once my scan was complete, with a joyful and grateful heart and a new perspective.  I may be weak at times, but I am living life and Graves is not terminal.

 

Along with a new perspective, we received some fabulous news- Graves Disease will NOT keep us from the mission field.  As long as I learn how to cope with it and feel comfortable going, the doctor who gives medical clearance for AIM missionaries said he saw no reason why I could not go.  It seemed as though each person who learned about my Graves Disease tried to find a polite way to ask if it would keep us from going to Africa- Praise the Lord, it won’t!  On that note, what the radiologist recommends is Radio Active Iodine (RAI) treatment to kill my thyroid (this would require me to be isolated in my own room for 7 days, and catching my stools in a bag to be dealt with specially because myself, and all my bodily secretions would be radioactive; most heart-breaking factor at this point- not being near Crescena for 7 days).  The AIM doctor said I could let this take its natural course, unless some factors were present (i.e., a resting heart-beat above 70), in which case he affirmed doing the RAI treatment.  So, we are in the process of determining whether or not it is safe and healthy for me to just let Graves Disease take its course.  Bottom line: PRAY FOR HEALING!

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