At age 22 while living in Mongolia I developed a severe chronic pain condition that effects every aspect of my life. Continuing this blog reminds me that life's challenges are stepping stones meant to lift us, not roadblocks meant to defeat us.

Monday, March 15, 2010

mission and health update

Hello! I hope people are doing well :) I heard some news from mongolia, i got a letter from the senior couple that is serving in the sukbaatar branch, which is where I was when I left. They said that my grandma and grandpa investigator couple, the ones that were baptized while I was in Hong Kong, are doing great! They are at church every single week and grandpa is even wearing a suit now! I don't know where he got it, but it is exciting :) the couple said they were going to get him a white shirt to go with it :) And my mission president said that a few weeks ago a 99 year old woman was baptized :) It is never too late to hear the truth and be saved by it!!
in other news we still are pretty sure that we have the right diagnosis, reactive arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition that develops in response to an infection, and in my case it has got my body attacking my joints and places where tendons attach to bone. It is worst in my ribcage and spine. I am three weeks into the steroid treatment and it hasn't helped like we hoped, but with a stronger pain medicine the pain has become more manageable as we wait for this to hopefully clear up. I might start going to a university hospital to see if people there can help at all. So whether or not I go back is still not decidable, we need to wait for my health to return. But God has a plan, and loves us as always, and I know that "God would not require us to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for our personal benefit or for that of those we love." - richard g scott. so life is good :) - ashley