Good News: Thankful for the Health I Have

I was told that my health would go down hill once I hit my 40s. I didn’t believe them. Why should there be something dramatic about this decade? Now I believe.

About three years ago, I was diagnosed with a disease called sarcoidosis. For many people, there are either no symptoms of sarcoidosis or it goes into remission after an initial prednisone treatment. Neither was the case for me.

I have done pretty good despite this. My main symptoms (post-diagnosis and treatment) have been joint pain, fatigue and trouble with my eyes. Because I am still symptomatic and the sarcoidosis has spread to my kidneys, I recently went back on prednisone.

That is fine except that this past week I discovered that I now have diabetes. How did that happen? I was already pre-diabetic before going on the prednisone and my dad had diabetes. The prednisone pushed me over the edge into full diabetes.

None of this is meant as a complaint. Sure, I would prefer that I had neither sarcoidosis nor diabetes. But here I am.

My wife Amanda has been amazing through this. She has been helping me make good decisions about food and has been cooking fantastic diabetes-friendly meals. She is an incredible support.

Our church family (Queen Street Baptist Church) has been very supportive as well. Even though I have only been at the church for four months, the demonstration of encouragement and prayer has been wonderful.

My prayer is that diabetes will go away after I’m off the prednisone. Either way, I’m not planning on ending the healthy lifestyle that has pushed me in.

My good news is that I’m thankful for the health that I do have. I’m able to work full time and provide for my family. I’m able to do things with my family. I’m able to enjoy life and do the things I want to do. This is all very good news.


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