Don’t Worry

Worrying & Meniere’s Disease seems to go hand in hand. One always worries when the next attack will happen & by doing so they miss out on so many things. I was like that once. It was so easy to instantly give an excuse of why I couldn’t participate in things. But then you look back & feel sad because you missed that event. I was driven by fear.

But as my faith in Jesus Christ grows, I understand that he has my back. I have learned to give my worries to him. Now of course with the vertigo being a big part of Meniere’s, I am not going to just jump on a boat. I do have a little limit. But I have comfort knowing Jesus is there to lean on.  When I start to worry I instantly pray & he always takes care of everything.

Here is a article that I found that can also help you.

How Do I Stop Worrying

How Do I Stop Worrying

January 30, 2015 from

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

As I began my morning praying God’s Word, I didn’t foresee the news that would come later that afternoon. I didn’t realize how much I would need to hold on to the promise woven into Philippians 4:6-7. But God knew.

As the verse came to me, the words didn’t seem to resonate deeply within my peace-filled heart. I knew these words to be true, but I wasn’t worried or anxious about anything. Nonetheless I prayed the words and went on with my normal routine.

Later that afternoon, my dad called. His usual pleasantries about the weather and questions about the grandkids were short this time. My mom was in the hospital. The symptoms pointed to a stroke, but the doctors were still unsure.

Hours of waiting and tests would ensue before we’d know anything. Only thing is I’m not a waiter. I am a doer. When life unravels and reels out of control, I do anything within my power to fix the situation. When situations cannot be fixed, I worry. Subconsciously, I believe I’m exercising some sort of direction over circumstances I can’t possibly change. My parents lived over 500 miles away. Even the desire to simply jump in my car and be present was not feasible at the time.

In the midst of my search for sense in the senseless, the words I prayed from today’s key verse came to me: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

I realized with stark clarity how God was preparing me for what was to come. These verses gave me clear instruction for what I was to do with my worry. I was to give it to God.

With a new sense of direction, I prayed for my mom and my family. I prayed for the doctors who were working to find a diagnosis and the staff who were caring for her. I thanked God for getting my mom to the hospital safely and for the availability of the care she needed. I thanked Him for giving the living Word I needed.

As I prayed, my doer nature realized I was doing something. Although I still had no control over the situation, I was bringing it before the Almighty One who did. And that was the very best “doing.”

An unspeakable peace came over me and just as the Scripture verse states, I did not understand it. But I was so grateful for it. His instruction and promise carried me until we were able to get some answers.

Hours later, my dad called saying my mom was going to be okay. As suspected, she had experienced a stroke, but with physical and occupational therapy the doctors expected her to regain much of her previous functionality. Weeks later, I came home for Christmas and listened as she played Christmas hymns on the piano. I was amazed. Not only had God given me peace when I needed it, but He had answered our prayers in a way I didn’t anticipate.

When we carry the Word of God in our hearts, it becomes a weapon against worry and anxiousness.

Things beyond our control will happen in our day-to-day lives, but we can equip ourselves with the Truth that protects our hearts and minds. When we do this, the words become like a soothing balm for our anxious souls.

Confidence replaces doubt and peace replaces worry. We find sweet rest because instead of relying on our own strength to carry us, we rely on the promises found in Christ Jesus.

Dear God, thank You for the power that is found in Your Word and the gift of prayer. When life is overwhelming, help me to remember the promises found in Scripture. Help me to realize that when I pray, I am bringing my cares before the One who cares perfectly. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (NIV)

Psalm 119:45, “And I will walk at liberty and at ease, for I have sought and inquired for [and desperately required] Your precepts.” (AMP)

© 2015 by Abby McDonald. All rights reserved.

Dealing With Meniere’s Through Support


Good morning everyone! Just wanted to share my church with you today. It is so great to have a fellowship of people to learn God’s word with  but also for support when Meniere’s or any obstacle that comes your way. It is almost impossible to deal with issues by yourself. I personally have had many depressing days where I struggled with why did this happened to me. But praise the Lord I have a loving family & church family there to help remind me that everything will be ok through Christ.
My mom & I have been going to this church since 2009 & over the years I truly believe God had me struggle with Meniere’s Disease to help others. I feel today that my Meniere’s is controlled but there are uncomfortable days, no severe vertigo attack though,  either because of sinus infections, not following my diet, or bad weather. When these moments happen I want to freak out but quickly remember that I am never alone & pray. On tougher days I lean on my church family by talking to them & asking for prayer.  It is amazing & free service that each of us can have.

If your in the area please feel free to join one of our services. You can also go to our website & visit our teaching archive to learn to past teachings.

Hope you have a blessed & spin free day.

Happy Friday!


Happy Friday everyone. I had my follow-up with the ENT doctor & he said the healing from the Balloon Sinus procedure is going well. I will still have to do the steroid/salt water rinse twice a day for a month. I feel great but there will be times though where you feel you have so much draining in your throat. The doctor was very glad that is happening because it means the procedure is helping. He did check the tube in my ear drum & the new one he used is a longer tube. So it should stay in my ear longer.  In case you don’t remember or I forgot to mention it, the tube in the ear drum helps with my Meniere’s Disease. With just the tube, it relieves pressure in the inner ear. I also have a Meniett Device that uses the tube to send low pressure pulses into the inner ear. I haven’t used the device though in a long time. I would definitely say my Meniere’s is controlled. Now we just have to get the sinus thing controlled.

Hope everyone has a safe & wonderful weekend!

Sinus Procedure Update

Well, I am starting to feel better after having the Sinus Balloon Procedure on December 31st. There is a lot of draining down my throat but I have been told that is all part of the healing process. I’ll keep you posted as I go along.

I was looking online this morning & found some information that might be helpful. Since I have Meniere’s Disease,  it’s easy to automatically think my vertigo is from this disease. I’ve done it many times myself. But here are some other reasons people get dizzy. One that surprises people is getting Dehydrated or Overheating. While fluid retention is an issue with many Meniere’s Disease patients, we tend to not drink as much water. But if you only drink water you can actually get rid of the excess salt or caffeine from your body that are big triggers. It’s when you add stuff to the water it might cause you more problems.

But always keep in mind that each Meniere’s Disease patient is different & what I suggests could help others but could also not work for others. Please keep an open mind cause in the end you know your body the best.