Sarah Pace Altizer - My Story
Thank you for reading my story of a life with chronic illness. I'm originally from Christiansburg, Virginia but might as well be Virginia Tech. We were practically the same town. I went to school at Virginia Tech, where I was chased down by our loving Father and I received Jesus Christ when I was 19 in March of 2000. It was at that point that I wanted to serve Christ the rest of my life, so I dropped out of Virginia Tech and enrolled in a tiny Bible College just next door. I went to school amongst students that knew the majority of the Bible as they were either pastor's kids or raised in church. Needless to say classes were HARD, but I grew so much and only yearned for more. That Bible college shut down in 2002 and I was able to receive 2 years of instruction on understanding the Bible and life in church. The only other school linked to Life East was a college accredited in San Dimas, California (LA County). You see, Life East was not accredited, which means I could not get my bachelors unless I went for much longer. I tried so hard to shed my past sinful life, but I continued to fail. It was at this point that I ran from Christians. It was hard to stay close to God without all of the others, so it was easy to slip back into my old life. My love for Jesus was always there, but I just never felt good enough. I moved to California, but did not attend the Bible college. I went to a foursquare church, and continued to try and fail. The Lord rescued me again and set my feet upon a rock when I decided to go to Life pacific and receiving my bachelors in Theology. At the time, I thought I'd never do anything with this degree. I just love the Bible so much and yearn to know it, to know Jesus more. Soon after I graduated Bible college I married my high school sweetheart, became pregnant with my oldest daughter Lilli and moved to the DC metro area.
As you can see from my blog, I have been very sick for a long time. I only remember being extremely ill since my two children, but looking back at my life I see very odd sickness that wasn't like others. I stopped going to doctors because I was told I was fine when I didn't feel fine, so I guess I started to believe them, but lost my faith in doctors at the same time.These major life changes started to affect my health gradually creeping up like a camouflaged snake coming for it's prey. I was sick when I was pregnant with Lilli, throwing up for 9 months. Once she was born, I started having migraines. Reese's pregnancy was no cake walk either. Her and I were both very sick when she was born. I'll save you the details, but the sickness was relentless, from one thing to another. You name it, we got it.
Mom on go was started when I didn't know how sick I was. I think I tried to fight the disease in my own strength by busying myself with as much as possible. You see, I was a runner and volleyball player. I also did a sprint triathlon in DC the year before Reese. After Reese I had already signed up for a 1/2 marathon, but I couldn't train at all. I ran it anyway, which I DO NOT recommend. I was in so much pain and I couldn't walk for 3 days! Mom On Go Designs went from a dream of my own business in the works, to a place I started writing about Lyme and how the Lord is walking me through it. Isn't it ironic though? I am no Mom on Go anymore, yet my blog site revolves around that theme. If I look at it from a worldly perspective then it's disheartening, but if I look at it in the way that God has given me a platform, then it will be a place of refuge for sufferers. I desire the latter.
If you are suffering from chronic illness, I'd love to pray over you. Please contact me and write your story! I'd love to share it as a testimony and prayer in Christ. By His stripes we are healed. We may be dying in this body, but our spirit is being renewed day by day. We are healed in His name.
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Hugs and Love to you In Christ,