CATARACT

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Jennifer Kay Lewis

 “ … who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”                                                 II Corinthians 1:4

As has been my ‘norm’, I choose to open my writing(s) with a Scripture.  In order to write intelligently and share this post, I want to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit moving in and through me as I compose this and share my true accounts of the past several months.

I would like to address my loyal followers, as well everyone who may read my stories and enjoys my writing(s.)   Please understand the challenges I face in my typing, writing, and final editing.

It all began with, what was supposed to be a ‘routine’ eye-exam last February, 2015.  (knowing my own eyes and the extremely high-power needed to correct my near-sighted vision, along with other complications I have had through the years, I decided I needed to see a ‘Specialist’.  After research, a referral landed me the exact ‘someone.’

Dr. F. holds a lengthy resume noting on-going knowledge and he continues to gain expertise dealing with my specific ‘medical issues.’

In April, 2015, I had surgery on my right eye to remove the ‘precancerous lesion’ growing in my eye.  Praises to our Lord!  That surgery went well.  Although it took several weeks for the ‘red’ to diminish, the white portion of my eye, {the Sclera}, finally, became dominant replacing the unattractive redness.

                                                                  “ Let People Know Your Experiences.                                                                                                                  Something you have been through just may help someone else. ”                                                 Pastor Steve Irwin ~ Cedar Rapids, IA 

During my initial follow-up visits with Dr. F. , a growing cataract was discovered .                    Dr. F. had previously informed me, “a cataract is a ‘normal’ manifestation resulting from any kind of “trauma” to the eye, (including surgery).”                           Image result for cataracts

However, there was no way for me to really understand what this would mean.  In coming weeks, it became more clear, or should I say “it became less clear” as my vision was clouding more and more leading to a Vaseline-like ‘film’  hindering my sight.

The biggest issue for me became too real and undeniable for me as this ‘progression’ of the cataract growth began to rapidly affect my ability to see to type on my laptop, compose/write, edit, and retype my work.  (you see ~ I’ m rather like a perfectionist in my writing(s).  I take great pride in trying to submit an article that is free of gross mistakes and I like to feel certain that my writing(s) are published exempt of errors.)

Over the past ten-months, Dr. F. has continued to closely monitor the cataract and has kept his vigil eye on evolving changes.  The increasing transformation has created numerous alterations to my eyesight.

On February 9th, 2017, Dr. F. advised, “at this point, insurance will pay to have this cataract surgically removed and replaced with a permanent lens.  Then, because you are extremely near-sighted, you qualify to have the other  eye operated on as well.  And, you will need this procedure dImage result for cataractsone because your brain will be working overtime trying to “focus” the two drastically different measurements (prescriptions) in eyesight.”   Dr. F. advised that he will complete the second-eye surgery about two-weeks after the first surgery.

In the coming weeks and months, I will be facing surgeries on both eyes.  To further matters, I am in the process of getting approved for a secured, apartment so also plan to fun move in the next few weeks.

My confidence remains quite high in that I will turn this “trauma” into a victorious “testimony” reflecting God’s divine healing powers!

Having a few major things on my horizon, I hope you will Image result for smiley prayingappreciate my efforts to keep writing, as best I can in my human power.  And, PLEASE, PLEASE remember me in your prayers.  “Thank you Kindly!”

Growing In Christ,

Jennifer (Jen) Lewis

 

 

 

DIAGNOSIS:  ATAXIA ~ Chapter I ~

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Jennifer Kay Lewis

                                  “Many People Will Praise God Because You Obey The Good News …                                                           and Because You Freely Share With Them And With All Others.”   2 Cor 9:12

Last week, I Prayerfully chose to share my personal story with you about this ‘diagnosed’ Spinal Cerebellar Ataxia.  Can we continue to share and learn together?

As usual, my day was jam-packed with well-orchestrated activities.  On this crisp Sunday morning, my foster girls and I had enjoyed a compassionate and inspiring Sunday morning church sermon.  Then, home to devour a savoring beef-roast, potatoes, and carrots and culminating in cherry pie the girls helped prepare.

(You uniquely created me and have continued to mature me in your knowledge.)  My Lord blessed me with a confident athletic ‘run free’ spirit that has served to give me a hunger for your ‘protecting strength.’  “Thank You Father God for guiding me to undoubtedly endure and resist earning a rusty mind and body.)

“GOD’S STRENGTH IS MOST GREATLY DISPLAYED IN  OUR WEAKNESS.”  2 Cor. 12:1-10.

An unannounced awareness by an innocent caring little 6-year old foster child became an integral part of my day.  (Kayla must have just ‘sensed’ I had a need for assistance at that precise moment.)

We were going downstairs to the children’s playroom. For some unfathomable reason, my feet were not firmly landing on each descending step.  Kayla came to my rescue.  This wee child became my Super Woman!  She swiftly took my hand to make sure I was safely navigating the stairs until we reached the solid floor.

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For He Will Command His Angels Concerning You To Guard You In All Your Ways;   “They Will Lift You Up In Their Hands, So You Will Not Strike Your Foot Against A Stone.”                             Psalm 91:10-12

 When you are facing a serious catastrophic crisis, no matter what the issue may be, you will find your truest family, and or friends are just like the ‘cream’ of milk, they will ‘rise’ to the top providing your ‘unconditional’ love list.

I always find it rather, paradoxical how God chooses to position and use someone else’s circumstances in order to change another person’s life.  Then, to further his divine hand of intervention, he may help them see how the ‘temporary’ things that are only of this secular world and will not have a ‘home’ in his eternal Kingdom.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”   Isaiah 55:8-9

My Prayer: “Father God, help me to become the Christian Lady that fearlessly shares, and freely gives of myself.  Please ‘examine my Heart,’ and know my sincerest intention to, hopefully, encourage and give inspiration  to another hurting person!  Let my ‘walk’ to freedom be a humble testimony that says:  “if she can do it – I CAN do it.”  Give me a new ‘Boldness’ to truly seek after you and know it’s okay to ‘Let Go and “Let God.”   I Pray to be ‘set free’ and when this day DOES happen, I KNOW that my God WILL remove these chains I’ve allowed to bind me.

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“OUGHT NOT THIS DAUGHTER OF ABRAHAM, WHOM SATAN HATH KEPT BOUND, THESE EIGHTEEN YEARS, BE LOOSED FROM THIS BONDAGE?”       Luke 13:16

  

Growing In Christ,

Jennifer

 

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