The Immune Therapy is Working and Now I Have Proof!!!

I have had symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis since I was about twenty years old. I was diagnosed with what was said to be an “aggressive form” of M.S. The doctor did not give my husband and I a positive prognosis at all. His look into the future for us was husband caring for me and me living in a wheelchair.

Prior to Immune Therapy I had twenty lesions on my brain, Five lesions (some of them quite large) on my thoracic spine and  a  few other lesions on my cervical spine among other issues.

I have been taking the Immune Therapy Infeperium since July and now I have proof that it is working. I still have  twenty lesions on my brain but there has been no more progression of disease activity. 🙂 I still have some lesions on my spine but they are no longer getting worse. The radiologist wrote that “the previously depicted lesions shown within the thoracic spinal cord at the T4-T5 and T5-6 levels have diminished considerably in size and conspicuity.” He also wrote that “there is interval improvement in the appearance of the thoracic spinal cord at the T-5 through T-8 levels and stability of the intramedullary lesions at the lower levels specified.” He was also able to confirm the size  of the lesions on my cervical spine have “subsided considerably in size.”

The Immune Therapy is working!!!! I know I can tell a difference. I am actually  taking a break off the medicine for a little bit and although I still have much healing to experience I can tell I am doing MUCH better than I was prior to beginning this medicine. I am still driving, cooking meals, and still feel mentally better than I was prior to immune therapy.

I need to continue this treatment. I do not know how long I will need to remain on this medicine but I am beginning a GoFundMe account so I can continue taking this medicine. Hubby and I are able to contribute small amounts to the expense but this is not covered by insurance and is over and above the amount we pay for my insurance every month.  God has been faithful to provide for my family and I through “hurricanes and tornadoes” of life and He will continue to do so.

Thank you for believing with me and for me. Thank you for praying for us. Our kids and especially my husband walk this with me daily. They are soldiers in this fight too.

Love to you and yours,

Charise

Click here for the GoFundMe  link

To learn more about the treatment I am on visit: www.treatchronicdiseases.com

 

 

 

 

I Am Healing

I really am healing.

The process has been long but I believe God has His hand in every single step. It started with a large amount of people praying for my healing and many communicating to me they believed I could be healed and a few people telling me that I would be healed. If you have read my blog through the past year you know I have believed God would heal me some day. I really was not sure if it was this side of heaven or the other side but I have truly believed in my coming healing.

I have been thanking God for my healing for years. In spite of the progression of this nasty illness I thanked Him for healing. In spite of waking up in pain during the night and struggling with rising in the morning I would thank Him for my healing. I kept on keeping on. 😉

About three or four months ago I created a ‘Dream Board’. I typed out things like ” I am healing. I am loved. I am valued.” Then I typed out other things I was believing him for in our finances, my writing accomplishments and more. I wrote down things that I felt I was supposed to believe God for but I knew in my flesh were HUGE and if it were up to me, depending on me, I could not do it. They were Big Hairy Audacious Goals and many of them were far beyond my imagination.

Two months ago, during a prayer meeting, the most precious couple came in and we had the privilege of meeting them for the first time, interceding for them, encouraging them and blessing them. The husband had a brain tumor and he was not doing well. It was through this encounter that I could not stop thinking and praying for them and this precious woman could not stop thinking about little ole me . She began praying for me all while she was walking a difficult road with her husband. They traveled to Mexico for treatment and she still kept thinking of me. When they got home he unfortunately transitioned into a coma and within five days he passed away.  Just a few days of her husband passing away this gift of a woman reached out to me with love and compassion. She offered to me the Immune Therapy her husband was supposed to take. And of course, I was beyond humbled  and absolutely willing to receive this gift!

Within the first few weeks I was able to wake up without feeling the heaviness and pain.  I began to have moments and days where my brain felt clear and I was actually able to think clearly. The mild eczema on my arms began to clear.  Jason noticed my mental state was getting better. I was more jovial and less irritable.  A week later while walking from a parking lot to a community pool a friend noticed how much better I was moving in the high heat.

Within a few weeks of starting the Immune Therapy I started coffee enemas and implementing them every other day.  At the beginning of the sixth week I was able to drive longer than I had in a long time even with traffic. My brain was able to focus for the drive. That was HUGE! It was just last year at this time that I could barely drive around the corner to music lessons. Holy Toledo! Rejoicing!!  I just realized yesterday morning while showering that I could stand and shave my legs. I have not been able to do that in years. Every time I tried to look down to shave I would have shooting nerve pain from my neck down and it would cause a dangerous weakness. Because of that weakness I always sat down to shave. Hallelujah, that is an experience of the past!

The detoxing process has not always been so fun. I began to break out and have an increase in nerve sensitivity  and headaches. I also had itchiness in my arms. This was all a part of the detoxing, healing process.  There are no negative side effects of this therapy only that which are a part of of the cleansing and those are up and down. It is worth every bit of the healing!

It has been eight weeks and I have more energy, sleeping through the night and able to wake up in the morning. I am taking Alteril, a natural sleep aid just to make sure my body is able to have at least two full cycles of REM sleep. This is vital to the healing process. I have emotional ups and downs and energy roller coasters because I am living real life still.  I am team working with my husband, homeschooling my children, managing and caring for my home and keeping up mildly with ministry life in the midst of healing. I highly recommend people to visit the treatment center in Mexico and to allow their body the rest time away for healing. They help you with eating for healing and walk you along the path of restoring your body to homeostasis. Click here to visit the website to get more info.     

I do believe I am having significant results due to my obedience to God’s guidance and my willingness to eat clean, exercise and care for myself. I have had this disease for at least eighteen years. When I was diagnosed six years ago I was told I had been  aggressively attacked via MS and although I had a few years without progression I had a series of relapses that affected by bladder and bowels and much more.  We are standing in awe at the results in such a short time. Due to clinical trials and current results, our expectation is that this disease will stop attacking and reverse some, if not all of the symptoms. I may be able to stop this treatment in  a few months or years and I may have to take it the rest of my life due to the severe amount of damage previously done but I am willing to trust God for the process of my healing and His faithful provision.

I am humbled by my healing. I am humbled to be apart of dear Patty and Mark’s story. I am humbled that this is God’s story in me.

I do not know your story. I may never know your story but please, please with all my heart I plead with you to never, never lose hope. Speak  positive words about your future even if you cannot fathom life being any better. Speak thanksgivings to God over and over and over again and combat the enemies lies with God’s truth.  We have been praying Psalm 91 for the past six months and believing God’s promises for His people.

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust. For He will save you from the trap of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you and protect you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a wall. You will not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noon.” Psalm 91:2-6

Think on these verses this week. Ask God how He wants you to believe Him for His promises of truth.

Isaiah 53 says “Surely He took up our infirmities (maladies, anxieties, calamity, disease); and carried ( to bear, carry, to lift up) our sorrows (pain), yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds (bruised, stripes, blows) we are healed (mended, cured, to make healthful).” The added words are the Hebrew meaning of the word.

By His stripes we are healed.

He sees you. He has not forgotten or forsaken you. Praying you know that truth today. Praying you have a renewed zeal to believe Him against doctor’s diagnosis, man’s opinions, feelings and emotions and anything that stands against the truth.

You are loved.

Recent Update: It’s Not Going As Planned- Give up or Fight On?

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“Demand your healing, Charise.”

“Speak it and it will be done.”

“Believe it and you will be healed.”

“The mountain will be moved- tell it to be gone.”

Yes, I have spoken it, received it and continued seeking, asking and knocking.  AND I will keep on keeping on.

This is big and it may ruffle some feathers but here in America,  in this land where “dreams come true” (and in many ways they do) we need to be reminded that we are not little gods and our understanding does not surpass or compare to God’s understanding. In all the authority He gave us, we must not forget that our will is still to be submitted to the Father and all that we do should be in humility and submission to Him.  God tells us, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and  my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55

Isaiah 45:9, 11-12
“Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is a potsherd among potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘ He has no hands’? ………This is what the Lord says– the Holy One of Israel, and it’s Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands? It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.”

Remember the Patriarch Jacob? Weaseling, deceptive Jacob, who had already been chosen by God, wrestled with God and cried out for a blessing. Indeed, I believe it was the Father’s will to bless him but in the end Jacob came out with a limp and he was a changed man, no more a conniver. He still had a limp. The blessing and the limp.

Dear Apostle Paul was looked down upon because of his obvious issue. It may have been an issue affecting his speech or some other disability that ailed him. 2 Cor. 10:10 says, “For some say, ‘His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.'” Paul had a thorn in his flesh. (2 Cor. 12) He was fully aware this issue (whatever it was) was from a messenger of Satan and the purpose was to torment him. Paul pleaded with the Lord to take it away and did God remove it promptly? No. Paul was a man full of the Holy Spirit. He had the ability to touch people and they would be filled with the Holy Spirit. Amazing miracles happened through him and such was the power in him and through him that the handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick and the illnesses were healed and evil spirits left them.(Acts. 19) Paul even raised a man from the dead. (Acts 20) Paul had great faith!  But God chose not to heal Paul of this ailment. And Paul accepted it.

God knew what was best for Paul. God affirmed Paul that He was going with him and His grace is sufficient for him. The Father reminded him that “His power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12) God was allowing the enemy’s attack to keep Paul in a place of humility. Did it stink? I bet it did. When Paul was put in prison was it miserable and not fair? You bet! When God allowed a poisonous snake to bite him God miraculously healed him. (Acts 26) Paul chose to see that God, who was fully capable of healing him of his continuing ailment was using these difficulties for far greater purposes than himself. He actually CHOSE to DELIGHT in the weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties knowing that because of these things he would be strengthened by God. (2 Cor. 12) Paul knew it was to keep him humble and usable. (More on Paul’s trials- 2 Cor. 11:23-29)

Wait? What about God’s blessing? What about God’s favor on his child? He should have claimed his healing and been free from trial and physical suffering, right?

Oh, what a lie we believe when we think suffering  and trials are not apart of walking with God.

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Acts 14:22 “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
Philippians 1:29, “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”
Jesus’ words chronicled in Matthew 5:10-12, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Clearly, most of those are not physical sickness but nevertheless there is clearly suffering allowed by God for a greater purpose.

The book of James says to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”

You may be asking, “So, Charise, are you giving up on asking God for your healing? Are you going to believe His promises in Psalm 103 that He heals your diseases?”

Giving up is not in my vocabulary. If the Father has me on this earth I am going to keep choosing to be bold and courageous. I KNOW the Father is going to heal me. I just don’t know when and if it is this side of heaven or the other side. I will trust Him for His timing. I KNOW I can trust Him and I can say as the Son of God said, “Not my will, but yours be done.” And ” Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

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Now to share my update:

I have not been doing great. Around the time of my last neuro appointment and my MRI which were both in May, I began feeling like I was in a relapse. I was concerned but upon getting the results that my brain MRI had not changed (still 20 scars on my brain) I was relieved to hear it had not gotten worse. This entire time I have struggled with the reality that I have had a worsening of symptoms but why would my MRI not show it? When I saw Dr. last week she reminded me that we did not see an updated MRI on my spine. Due to the progressively worse symptoms in my lower extremities it is clear that my spine is being attacked in one way or another and the swelling is severe. She highly recommended I up the amount of Low Dose Naltrexone ( I was only taking 3 mg. The norm for LDN is 4.5mg). And to decrease the inflammation lest the damage continue to progress- a heavy dose of Steroids Infusion (IV’s). I have spent this week preparing and living life and prepping for IV in home therapy next week.

Last week I went through emotional roller coasters of frustrations and sadness that I had not stayed relapse free. I have worked through those emotions and I am continuing to trust the Lord for His healing and His sufficient grace and strength for each day. I will continue to walk with Him and He will walk with me and we will grow closer together in the midst of these “trials”. I believe it takes greater faith to trust God when we don’t understand the “why’s” and greater faith to keep seeking Him in the midst of the trial instead of outside of it.

What are you going through right now? Maybe you feel it is not fair. You are having a hard time understanding the why’s this side of heaven. I understand. I am linking arms with you right now and praying peace in your mind, soul and spirit. Praying for you to know the Father’s love in a deeper way in the midst of these trials and have fullness of joy as you walk through the trials. You are loved. I encourage you to keep going to His throne of grace. Keep asking. Keep seeking to know Him more and trust in His sovereign plans for your life. If we are to believe God’s promises then we need to believe all of God’s promises and trust that He loves us enough to be trusted. And KEEP ASKING FOR HEALING according to His will. He is listening. And He sees you.

 

Becoming Real. A Lesson From The Velveteen Rabbit.

 

 

 

The simple, sawdust filled Velveteen rabbit was trying to understand what “real” is. the Skin Horse tells him, “Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?”, asks the rabbit.

“Sometimes. When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt. It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or who have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.

But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.

Being real is when we experience God’s love and receive His love in the deepest way. We become real. We may not look pretty anymore. People see the flaws, the scars, the ugly past but the beauty is so much greater, so much deeper now. We no longer hide behind religion or false pretense. We no longer hide behind our nice “stuff” we own. We just own up to all our junk and the ugly shines  beautiful. The beauty isn’t seen by all. It is seen mostly by those who want to be real too. Those who are real too. Those who have received the love too.

I want to be real. Don’t you?