I always thought that Jesus was a foreign god when I first stepped into a church during my secondary school days. I never encountered any close relationship with Him until I came out to work.
I went to a Christmas evangelistic event not expecting much. I’m a hard person and tears don’t come easily. But when I heard the children choir sing the carol, I was so touched that I teared up. I believe it was the Holy Spirit who touched me.
Two years later, I suddenly found several bruises all over on my body. I went for a medical check-up and discovered I was suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). SLE is a progressive and potentially serious disease, it can affect nearly every organ in the body. There is no cure for SLE but there are drugs available to control it. In spite of this bad news, I wasn’t fearful because I have peace in Christ.
I was required to go to Tan Tock Seng Hospital to consult an immunologist and to take a blood test every month. Lupus would attack my platelet counts and whenever it fell below a certain level, I would have to be admitted to the hospital. During that time I befriended a young lady who was only 22 years old but suffering from the same disease. Sadly she succumbed to it and passed away suddenly. I was stunned at why God kept me alive but took her, I could only rest in God’s purposes.
Ten years have passed very quickly and Christians from my church and office have often prayed and fasted for me. One day a miracle happened! I requested the doctor to do another DNA test and the result was negative. I was suffering from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) instead of Lupus. I underwent 8 hours of splenectomy. Hallelujah! Since then I need not have to take medicine (steroid) and consult the doctor every month.
In 2011 I experienced extreme pains in my leg, although I sought the help of multiple physicians and therapists, none of their diagnosis helped. It would be 6 months later, that a blood test showed that I was, in fact, suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. My daily routines have been very much affected since then. It can be so painful that I cannot even lift up a cup with one hand.
I was fearful that I would lose my job since I am the only breadwinner for my family. I have to support my parents and a handicapped sister. One day, the pain was so incredibly painful that I had suicidal thoughts. I knew it was not right, I quickly text my pastor and church members to pray. God is good; He brought many church members and friends to help me to get over this dark period.
My workplace is located in Chinatown and there is no lift access to the building. It is very demanding for the joints to climb up the stairs and even worse to walk down the stairs. I was transferred to work on the ground level when my superior heard of my situation. Even my good friend cum colleague requested her husband to fetch me to work daily for more than a month.
The medication which I took for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) did not really work well and in between I had my left year blocked with a buzzing sound. Several times, I almost fainted due to this. I consulted an ENT specialist. He said that there is no cure and I have to bear it for life. I then consulted an Indian physician, he too said the same thing.
A sister-in-Christ recommended that I consult another ENT specialist at Mount Elizabeth for a second opinion. The doctor from Mt. E said that I have to bear the discomfort for life; he also discovered that the medication which I took for RA complicated the hearing problem! Thank God for His leading, I finally found out what was the cause.
Although I have been sick for almost half of my life, I testify that God is merciful and good. He sent different kinds of people to help me with my needs. I am very thankful to God! Fifteen years ago, I received God’s divine healing and I believe God will give me another miracle to heal rheumatoid arthritis. Last December, I was weaned off from the steroid! Praise the Lord! Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”