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  1. martha mundy
    March 25, 2019 @ 7:14 am

    Excellent post, Suzy! You made so many good points and reminders that we all need to hear. And, I am glad you included your faith in part of why you are thankful for it b/c it relates to how you deal with it. Thanks for sharing!

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 25, 2019 @ 9:57 am

      Martha,
      Thank you for your kind comment! My faith is the defining thing in my life. It is the very essence of who I am! The Lord has really used my SOMETHING to remind me how much I need Him! His strength is made perfect in our weakness! (2 Cor. 12:8-10)
      Happy Monday to you, and thanks again for reading and commenting! xoxo Suzy

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  2. Darlene Schwab
    March 25, 2019 @ 11:10 am

    Thank you for this post. I feel that autoimmune diseases are in large part I acknowledged even though they are so common. My middle daughter was diagnosed at 5 yrs old with JRA so has life long Rhemetoid Arthritis, I wasn’t diagnosed until 40 with MCTD (mixed connective tissue disease) , and unfortunately my baby girl who is 19 was diagnosed with Sjorens Syndrome at 16 and Luous at 18. We are all active, take our DMARD medication, work and youngest is almost done with her second year in college (NAU-AZ). God is our strength, our hope and the one who guides us in the self care that keeps us well. Autoimmune diseases can make you feel alone in a never ending battle. Thank you for sharing and bringing some awareness and encouragement for those of us who fight this fight daily. I will be passing on your encouraging post to both of my daughters.
    God Bless,
    Darlene

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 25, 2019 @ 11:20 am

      Darlene,
      Aw, thank you. I am so sorry to hear that it is a family-wide struggle for you all! My daughter has lupus and celiac too- just like me. Sometimes I struggle, knowing that I “gave” it to her, as these things are genetic. But I remember that the Lord has a purpose in our struggles and that helps! Having SOMETHING is certainly character-building, right? Thanks for sharing your SOMETHING with me. Big hugs to you, Darlene! xoxo Suzy

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  3. nylse
    March 25, 2019 @ 12:06 pm

    This was very encouraging. I too have a something but it will remain private. But I’ve learned its not my identity, I don’t have to deal with it alone; God is with me each step of the way providing the necessary wisdom and everything else I need.

    Thanks for this encouragement.

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 25, 2019 @ 12:16 pm

      Nylse,
      Yes, so thankful for that! Thanks for your comment! xoxo Suzy

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  4. Betsie Z
    March 25, 2019 @ 12:13 pm

    Hi Suzy!
    Great post! Thanks for being real with us! I appreciate you and am thankful to the LORD for your virtual friendship!
    Sending hugs!

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 25, 2019 @ 12:16 pm

      Betsie,
      Aw, you are too sweet! Thank you! xoxo Suzy

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  5. Carol b
    March 25, 2019 @ 1:02 pm

    Just what I needed to read today. I have six autoimmune diseases first I was in a severe car accident in 94 ended up having a brain injury by the brain stem and pituitary gland. So I’ve had chronic pain and fibromyalgia and depression 24 yrs after my dad’s passing in dec 2013 I was diagnosed with being celiac and than right after that both thyroid disorders my mom passed away in oct 2017 after she fought advanced stage four pancreatic cancer. She was the strength of our family. When she got sick I told her it was ok to let go and let me and her siblings take care of here and that’s what we did in her home. In April last yr my dr suspected that I might have adrenal fatigue or Addison’s disease. and last month I was diagnosed with Addison’s disease and thought ok I can be just as positive as all the others it will be ok. I saw my dr friday and we saw thru my last month symptoms that I am in Addison’s crisis and put on prednisone to hopefully get it under control. I’m extremely grateful for my family both sides we have always been very close also grateful for my kids grandkids and friends.

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 25, 2019 @ 2:11 pm

      Carol,
      Wow. You have really had a time of it. I am so sorry to hear of all your struggles. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, sweet girl. Keep your grateful heart in the midst of it! It’s so precious. xoxo Suzy

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  6. Lauren
    March 25, 2019 @ 2:40 pm

    Hi Suzy,

    What a brave and inspiring post! You’re so right that everyone has a “something,” and the somethings often increase as we get older. I think the ways you take care of yourself to stay on top of your physical health are great general goals for all of us, no matter what we’re dealing with.

    Thanks for sharing your something … it always helps to know we’re not alone in battling the harder parts of life.

    Blessings,
    Lauren

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 25, 2019 @ 3:01 pm

      Lauren,
      Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging comment! I want everyone to know that they’re not alone! We’re all dealing with SOMETHING, no matter what it looks like from the outside! I so appreciate you reading and commenting! xoxo Suzy

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  7. Carol Slover
    March 25, 2019 @ 4:57 pm

    Suzy,
    Yes, everyone has something! Thank you for being so brave and sharing what your “something” is. You are an inspiration!
    Carol

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 25, 2019 @ 6:17 pm

      Carol,
      You are such a blessing to me! Thank you for those kind words! You KNOW how long it’s taken me to get the courage up to share the whole deal. Thanks for being such a sweet friend. I hope wedding planning is going well! xoxo Suzy

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  8. Beverley Blackwell
    March 25, 2019 @ 6:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing your something. I also have lupus, notice I did not say suffer from lupus. My story is almost identical to yours, being diagnosed at an older age (I was 43), showing symptoms long before I was diagnosed, visiting multiple doctors including a psychiatrist before they put a label to what was happening to my body. . It is not an easy disease to live with, my symptoms vary depending on the weather, my stress level, and the amount of sleep I get. Everybody has “something,” that’s why it is so important to treat each person with dignity and compassion.

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 25, 2019 @ 8:32 pm

      Beverley,
      We do have a lot in common! Our stories are so similar! I love what you said about treating others with dignity and compassion! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. So precious of you! Thanks for reading Empty Nest Blessed and for leaving me a comment as well! xoxo Suzy

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  9. Kay Neal
    March 25, 2019 @ 8:07 pm

    Great post my friend. I have defiantly struggled with some health issues . It would take a while to say , but I have great compassion in that area for sure.

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 25, 2019 @ 8:34 pm

      Kay
      Thanks so much for sharing! I am so sorry to hear of your struggles. Truly, everybody does have something! It was so kind of you to take a second to encourage me by leaving a comment. Thank you so much! xoxo Suzy

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  10. Wendy Howard
    March 25, 2019 @ 11:05 pm

    Suzy
    That was courageously written! I love that perspective and know it will help me in relating to others and looking at life differently. May we all manage our somethings with the Lord’s gracious and faithful help and wisdom.

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 26, 2019 @ 7:53 am

      Wendy,
      Thanks so much for your sweet encouragement! You, of all people, know how long (and why) I waited to write this post! I’m so grateful to have you in my life! xoxo Suzy

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  11. Sandie
    March 26, 2019 @ 1:42 pm

    Amen! To you Suzy for sharing this post. You are absolutely correct in that everyone has Something!

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 26, 2019 @ 9:04 pm

      Sandie,
      Thank you! xoxo Suzy

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  12. paula
    March 28, 2019 @ 3:15 pm

    Suzy, thank you so much for sharing “your something”! I am so sorry you have to go through all this but there is a positive in suffering, if you will. I am doing a Bible study entitled, “What Matters Most” , by Karen Ehman on Phillipians and Paul’s experience and JOY in suffering! Yesterday, one of our members shared about her suffering and boy was it suffering–Luekemia. She is healed by the grace of God!!!! Through her illness and treatment, she said she advanced in the gospel and she is giving others courage and strength to go on! My prayers are with you as you live through this illness and then some! Hugs and love,
    Paula K.
    Spring, Texas

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 28, 2019 @ 4:06 pm

      Paula,
      Thanks so much for your kind comment! I will look into that Bible study book! It might be a good one for the summer when my regular study at church is on break. Thanks for the rec! I do find JOY in the suffering. It aligns me with Christ, and that is a privilege and an honor! So happy to hear that your friend was healed. Hugs to you, sweet Paula! xoxo Suzy

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