Recently I discovered how scary, yet liberating it can be to share your story with others. Many of us know the saying, “You just see the glory, but you don’t know my story.” My sister and I were honored to be featured inside of our hospital’s monthly newsletter. Clearly, this changed the perspective of how the world may have viewed us versus the way we view ourselves. It sometimes hurts to tell what I’ve been through because of the memories and the flashbacks. However, I feel led to tell my story:
Elizabeth White, was born with sickle cell disease; a blood disorder that affects the body in various ways. This disease particularly runs in the African American community and both parents must have the trait in order for the child to be at risk. Sickle cell has truly brought joy and sorrow to my life. I mentioned joy first, because I would not be the person I am today without all that I’ve gone through. There have been opportunities transpiring left and right in regards to this “illness” that I have been labeled with. For instance, my college offers disability services to students and I am able to receive accommodations in the classroom. As a result of this, I have been able to excel academically. Also, I have the privilege of mentoring students with disabilities. God has truly blessed me despite the negativity that could be associated with a chronic illness such as sickle cell. On the other hand, there have been difficulties, whereas my childhood was affected. I suffered severely from aches and pain in my joints and ligaments. Although sickle cell has no boundaries to where the attacks could hit my body, for the most part I would have pain in my arms and legs. I would be tired all the time, suffering from extreme fatigue. The hospital was literally my second home. I am ecstatic to share that I have not been admitted to the hospital for a sickle cell crisis in over NINE YEARS! God has truly been a HEALER in my life!
I said all that to say, my testimony has been my breakthrough. People look and form opinions, but they have no clue! I believe if people would look at their circumstances and think how it could be used to glorify God, they would experience breakthrough. Do not allow what you have gone through to hinder you. Allow it to be the very thing that sets you FREE! Let God show you how much glory He can get out of your life versus what should have destroyed your life. I leave you with this scripture… “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to HIS purpose! “–Romans 8:28 I hope this has blessed you, as it has blessed me to share with you.