Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
I have a dear friend who has suffered from seizures her whole life. They truly are the disruptor of her life. They have prevented her from getting a driver’s license and holding a job. They have prevented her from having children which breaks her heart since she loves kids.
My friend never knows from day-to-day when a seizure might come upon her. Sometimes she experiences warning signs while at other times they catch her off guard. She has an implanted devise that sends out medication when I seizure takes hold of her. The implant causes pain and she has a sore throat when she receives a dose.
But my friend isn’t bitter which says a lot about her. She can be full of fear but know what’s happening and just tries to ride out the storm.
There are good things in my friend’s life that don’t make up for the seizures but do help her have a full life and friendships. My friend is a very thoughtful person and understands when my chronic pain takes a hold of me and I’m not able to accomplish much in my day.
My friend also enjoys doing art projects and often makes cards for friends and family.
At this time, she can live alone because she is surrounded by friends like me who live around her and check on her. But still, they disrupt her life almost every day.
According to aptiom.com in their article, “Epilepsy and Partial-Onset Seizures,” epilepsy is caused by irregular brain activity and can develop at any age. My friend started having seizures when she was a child. The article provides information on types of epilepsy, symptoms, causes and treatment. It also posts a video about seizures.
With proper medication and knowledge about what to expect when you have a seizure disorder the suffering can live a good life. Though it can be stressful, and the sufferer may develop depression, as my friend often battles, she is proof that life goes on after a seizure. Much of it depends on the kind of attitude she has.
If you suffer from seizures, I hope that you can find a way to still feel like you can make a difference in other’s lives.
As you can see from the verse above the father in the story was desperate. His son had an evil spirit that often threw him into the fire or water. Though this story is not necessarily about a child with seizures, it may have been. The point is that this father went to Jesus and his child was healed. Many times, Jesus heals us of our diseases completely. At other times our illness may not completely go away and continues to be a disruptor of life. However, Jesus can calm the storm inside and give hope for tomorrow.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.