Life takes another unexpected turn

Just when we thought my life couldn't become more complicated it did. My latest health challenge is called myelitis. Literally, I was on the Appalachian Trail one day and in the ER 48 hours later. I left with a boatload of instructions on what not to do, a walker and few answers.

We'll know more after the holiday weekend when my regular doctor comes in. I'm frustrated but optimistic. I remember when the doc said a lump that I had looked suspicious and prepared me for the worst. It turned out to be nothing. I also remember when another mass turned out to be nothing.

Of course, I also remember when my doctors said I had stress 'spells'. Later we found out that I have epilepsy as a result of a head injury.

The ER doc called this myelitis. The GP appointment won't get here too soon. Both of my legs are weak, my back hurts and my right leg is killing me. The ER gave me a walker instead of crutches which is proving to be a real pain.

Until now, I never thought about how society would treat a person so differently just because of a walker. It's been eye-opening. Some folks have been nice but others have been frustrating. It's not just the big things but the small ones.

I'm posting a blog article about that later. Right now, I just wanted to answer what questions I could. In the the meantime, I'll be writing, working, speaking and forever advocating for the rights of victims of sexual or domestic violence.

Many thanks to everyone who is praying for me and for my family. The prayers mean more to me than you will know. Please also pray for my husband's family and everyone else who was hit by the storms last month.

Thank you, bless you and may God keep you in His grasp.

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  1. Gayle, enough! I'm so sorry to hear about this setback for you, but I know you well enough to know that it won't defeat you. I've never seen so much lemonade come from one person! You are one of my life's greatest blessings. Please keep me posted on your progress...you are in my prayers, as well as your family.

  2. Gayle, I'm reading this three weeks after this posting, so I'm hopeful that you have received better news since you wrote this. I'll be watching for a good report, and standing in faith for a full recovery from this attack on your body. The enemy has no right to attack you, so enemy, take your hands off Gayle in the mighty name of Jesus! rcj