The Beginning

Health struggles are not a new concept in my life. From a young age, I remember getting sick a lot more than other children. I was diagnosed with bad asthma and a immune deficiency. This deficiency (paired along with my asthma) caused me to miss a lot of school. Eventually, I started these treatments to help raise my low immune levels, so I was able to be at school more than ever before. However, my sophomore year of high school, I got very sick. After several weeks of running different test, I was finally diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. This kept me away from school like never before. Complications from the ulcerative colitis kept me out of school (around 20 days each year) my junior and senior year (or so we thought –> now my doctors believe it was my pancreas that caused me so much trouble). I made it through this. The summer before I went to college, I started doing okay. I would have bad days here and there, but I was managing pretty good. I was extremely excited to feel like a normal girl my age. For a while, I got to do that. I went to date parties, swaps, bible study, and just hung out with friends (watching movies, eating lunch on the quad, and hung out in dorms). Most of all, I loved the freedom to discover who I was outside of being sick. However, at Christmas, I began to notice that my stomach pain was becoming unrelenting. From then on out, my energy levels began to drop dramatically and the pain only increased. At the end of February, everything became so unbearable, my parents came and got me from school. I went straight to the ER and was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. This is where the hardest journey of my life began. Thank you for reading the start to my blog! The details of the journey will be coming soon!

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

21 thoughts on “The Beginning

  1. Love reading your first blog post Rachel! I will be keeping up with it regularly! You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. We all love you!

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  2. Precious girl, we love you so much and are proud of what a fighter you are. You are one of the toughest and bravest people I know. We know our Lord has plans for your life and you will be a shining example for Him. You never are far from our thoughts and are always lifted up in our prayers.
    Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your disease…Psalm 103: 2,3

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  3. I’m so happy you are doing this blog, but so sorry you’ve been so sick. It will be a good way to keep us updated on how you are doing. Love you so much and praying for you!

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  4. Love you sweet girl!!! Your story is so special and you truly have shined so bright for Him every step of the way! He’s using you in such a mighty way. Merry Christmas from your Goodson fam!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your journey! It is through our struggles we help others – and in turn, we heal! Peace , love, health and prayers to you!

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  6. You are brave and strong! I can’t imagine how hard this road has been and continues to be!
    I am so proud of you for continuing to give God the glory and for looking ahead expecting God to do great things! I believe this with you and am praying along side of you!
    ~

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  7. Your folks are our new Life Group teachers, and we are enjoying getting to know them so much! You are in our thoughts and prayers! Merry Christmas to the whole Kaiser family!

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  8. I can’t wait for your next post!!! You are going to do incredible things by posting your hardships! You will help so many more people in their struggles by being vulnerable in your trials! There is someone out there who is just waiting and needing to hear your story 😘😘😘!!

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  9. I am praying for you and I know the struggles you have endured for years. God is taking care of you and I am glad you are writing about your illness. I keep up with you through your Grandmother. Your smile makes me know you filled with the spirit.

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  10. Rachel, I think of, and pray for you so often.
    Chronic pain is a terrible thing to endure. You and your family are very special to me and I will be watching for your updates and praying God’s comfort as He walks along side you. I believe your blog is an instrument He will use for you and for others. God Bless!

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  11. You are such a special young lady. Thanks for sharing your story. I am so blessed to have had you in my life and to know you. You are also a pretty good golfer!!!! Love you.

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  12. Rachel, you are a light in a world full of darkness. You will be wise beyond your years. You are traveling on a special road and will be joined by others challenged. Others will remain silent but follow you closely, hanging on every word. To express, to share is to live. Stephanie, a friend of Ann and Keith

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  13. I have kept up with your journey through your sweet Grandmother. Thank you for the opportunity to pray for you as you continue this blog. MM McKinnon

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  14. What a beautiful and brave warrior you are! Continue the good fight, for you know from whom your strength and power comes from. God is good in all times and circumstances. May you feel HIS warm embrace all along your journey. I am praying for you.

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