Shortly after returning to Minnesota, I went to the doctor for a general wellness visit. At the end, she told me I was very healthy for my age. I had given her some of my background, and even she was perplexed.
Only a year before that visit, I was far from healthy. My resting heart rate had doubled. My breathing was shallow and labored. My hair was falling out in clumps. I ran a low grade fever for about 9 months. I was losing weight and had no appetite. I was experiencing daily headaches, blurry vision, and dizzy spells. Stress was literally killing me.
Yet, my body shows no signs of permanent damage. It will take me a while to regain the energy levels I had before. I need to continue to rest, exercise, and eat well. The only other piece I need for full recovery is time. God protected me and my health longterm. I have no other explanation.
In the last year, I was given my health back. I had the strength and endurance to run a half marathon. I have been able to work. I’ve been able to go about my day without fighting headaches and dizziness.
I have been so thankful for my body and what it can do. I’m thankful for health and energy. I’m thankful for God who protected my body even when I didn’t.
Because with health came freedom. I have been free to focus on other areas of life and not spend so much energy on taking care of myself. There may be a season again where my health is gone, I will trust God through that as well.
Today, though, I am healthy. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but for now I will enjoy the gift of health that I have been given.