Are the few moments of good results with Ankylosing Spondylitis scientific or miracles? I recently watched a show called Miracle Detectives on The Oprah Winfrey Network. It is about 2 people who search out what some call miracles, one a believer and the other looking for a scientific explanation. Me, being a firm believer in miracles had my interest sparked instantly. You quickly realize that there are so many people in our world that have extreme faith. It is refreshing to say the least. On the other hand, you also learn how many people want to prove them wrong. It’s such a shame that some have nothing better to do than dampen a person’s spirit. I know for me, when pain is at its peak, my faith helps to push me through. It is not for me to say what a person should believe but it is just that, what an individual person believes. Who are we to take that away?
Every time I step up to the pharmacy counter to purchase more medicine or go for another medical test I hope for a miracle that today will be the day the pain will go away. I sometimes feel like a hypocrite to be honest. I consider myself a person strong in my faith but at the same time am the first to turn to the science of medicine to find relief from the pain. I think it takes both science and faith to create a miracle. I can’t tell you the amount of times I have heard it is all about mind over matter. The people that say that usually don’t experience the pain from Ankylosing Spondylitis. AS’ers you know the people I’m talking about. The ones that “know” what we should feel, but in reality could never fathom our best day battling AS. I’m definitely all about keeping a positive frame of mind but some days that can only take you so far.
The amount of scientific treatments that are available on the market today for AS are a miracle in themselves. I feel that we have to embrace aspects of science combined with our beliefs. Whether you believe in miracles or not, you should always grab a hold of the hope that things will get better. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually.
I believe we all have a purpose in this world. Whether it be to teach, learn or experience, we are truly here for a reason. Trust me, I question “why” all the time I was given this disease, but I continue to learn from it and consider the fact that I am here a miracle. I’m constantly reminding myself that God only gives challenges to people who can handle them. If I had a dime for every time a doctor has called me a miracle patient due to my long history of multiple health issues I would be a millionaire. I wish for all of you to be your own miracle. Believing in yourself and doing everything you can to continue giving 110% to your battle with AS, whether it be scientific or faith-based, is your first step in being your own. Each of you helping to spread AS awareness is what helps to make you one of mine. Thank you for being the miracle AS needs.