Orthopedic Nourishment

Orthopedic Nourishment

"Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and
shun evil. This will bring health to your body and
nourishment to your bones." (Proverbs 3:7-8 NIV)

"You have osteoporosis in your spine and left hip."
The doctor looked at my chart.  "Let’s try this
medication…"

I don’t remember anything else she said.  My thoughts
stopped at "osteoporosis". What next?  Just when I
believed I was safe from having to take more medicine,
I learned about an additional ailment?  I felt
discouraged.

The nose spray failed because I developed extreme
migraines.  The once-a-week pill was worse.  "Lord,
what am I going to do?’

My sympathetic doctor developed a diet, exercise, and
supplement regimen for me.  If my bone density went
unchanged or lessened, I would need the prescription.
She would use trial and error to adjust me to the
medicine and treat the migraines.

"Lord, I need you."  I needed God’s help like never
before.  I committed to the diet, took my supplements
on schedule, and did my exercises.  Each day, I asked
the Lord to make my bones stronger.

One morning, I read this Proverb and found hope.  I
took this promise literally, asking God to make it a
reality in my life.

After the follow-up bone scan, my doctor was amazed.
She told me that she had never seen results like mine.
  "A 20% increase in the density in your spine and a
15% increase in your hip."  I needed to continue the
diet, exercise, and supplements, but I did not have to
take the extra prescription.

Fear and uncertainty plague me on a regular basis.
Living with the physical and mental pain of chronic
illness often numbs me to the core.  Yet, I have
learned to record my amazing victories to help me get
through those dark times.  I look back and witness the
Lord’s hand on my life.  It helps me to remember that
God is merciful, loving, and kind.  I may not have a
"miracle testimony" every day, and that’s fine because
I can rely on God’s help and guidance for whatever
comes my way.

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About the Author:
Dorothea Love lives in California with her husband and
two children.  For over 20 years, she has faced the
challenges of systemic lupus, fibromyalgia, migraines,
endometriosis, and osteoporosis.  She trusts in God’s
sufficient grace to help her get through each day. 
She prays that her testimonies will encourage others
to share their stories.