Happy Friday. I hope everyone is feeling OK. With having a disease & trying to cope with all the craziness going on world here is one of my favorite songs. No matter how hard thing get, God will always be there to hold our hand.
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If you have Meniere’s Disease, then you probably know very well what it’s like to have constant ear ringing/ Tinnitus. People get it because of trauma to the inner ear like hearing loss or from an illness.
If it’s just hearing loss, a lot of times it happens when listening to something loud for long periods of time like music or work tools. Most hearing loss can be slowed down by wearing protective ear plugs that are rated for keeping out sound. But the problem is, you have to wear them. Stop making excuses because you may not notice the damage for a while. And if you have a baby & take them to church or a place that has loud noises, please protect them. They have no say on what they hear. I love my church & the worship time is like a concert every Sunday, but it bothers me when I see babies in the first few rows with no ear protection. Please take the time to take care of the little ones so that they have a longer chance of keeping Tinnitus away.
Below, is a link to an article that lists many rock stars that have this problem. The media is talking more about it since singer Huey Lewis told the world he has Meniere’s. He says playing live is so challenging that he had to stop. Who knows if it could be forever but Huey Lewis & News did just put out new studio music. Love that he is not letting Meniere’s keep him from his passion of music.
While my family & friends have helped me when my Meniere’s Disease was at it’s worst, it was learning the truth about Jesus that help me through it & gain me a purpose to take my struggles & share them with others. If only helping one person suffering from Meniere’s, then I am doing Christ’s work.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18 NIV
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 NIV
Many Meniere’s sufferers might be wondering why I seem to post more bible verses on page, instead of information on the disease. But believe me, it’s all connected.
- Because of Christ: I was able to find the right doctors that worked with me to control my Meniere’s.
- Because of Christ: My fears & anxiety of having another severe vertigo attack are gone. When I start to feel uncomfortable I pray.
- Because of Christ: I felt need to help others. God had me suffer so bad for a time so I can give advice & hope.
No matter how bad things get, just remember you are not alone in the fight with Meniere’s.
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
Romans 8:37 NLT
No matter personal issue or disease we go through, we will be ok because Jesus is on our side. He will never let you fight alone. I am proof of that since there was a time where I felt alone in my struggle with Meniere’s Disease.
As many of Americans are getting to celebrate Thankgiving Day, we reflect on what we are thankful for. People will mention being thankful for family, friends, overcoming an illness, a new job, a promotion, new additions to the family, & many other things. But let us not forget the biggest reason to be thankful is that God loves us & created everything around us. Even after doing that He sent his only son Jesus, who willingly died on the cross for us. And no matter what negativity we throw at God, He is always on our side to help.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thankgiving. I want to thank everyone that follows my blog & has left comments regarding your faith or Meniere’s. I am just a small fish in a huge pond & like Nemo, I just keep swimming to others suffering so I can help. We have to band together in support so that we can all feel better, either spiritually or phyiscally. Find the light in the darkness.
Love you all
With any illiness fear will creep in & start to take over you life. It can be harder to fight the longer a person is sick. I was like that for a long time not seeing any positive to Meniere’s Disease. But we must remind ourselves that fear is of the devil. He will creep in & try to bring you down. We can fight it by believing that Jesus is in control. That no matter how bad things can get Jesus will hold you up. And when you think He has totally forgot about you, what actually is happening is Jesus is helping you grow stronger. Keep the faith give all your fears to Jesus. I did and it was a huge relief. When I did it that is when my outlook on Meniere’s changed. I am no longer a prisoner to it but a vessel of Jesus to help others who suffer. Same can be true with all the crazy events that are happening in the U.S. The devil wants to bring us down in the world but we need to fight back fear by doing something positive. Just one random act of kindness will help a person but also will help you heart heal. It can be as simple as helping an older person in the grocery store. The more we do the more fear will not win.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:5 NLT
No matter how bad an illness can be, there is a tiny light that shines at the end of the tunnel. Jesus helped me make the light bigger so that it overcame the darkness. He is always ready to hel you.
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9 NLT
When my Meniere’s bothers me, I remind myself that my suffering was not even close to what Jesus did for us, willingly. While in that moment, it might feel uncomfortable, it is only temporary. By at least focusing on one positive it has helped me through aniexty moments. So find one thing & hold it tightly so you can pull it out of a box to help you. In time you may even add some more to the box.