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Re: Any Christian Hypochondriacs around? I have a question for you guys.
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2013, 10:05:47 PM »
Aww...Coldhands, sorry to hear about your mom.  But, what you explained with her situation is exactly what I was talking about... we CAN't know how it's going to end for us.  So, let's just focus on what we can do while we are still alive and breathing, because we are not ever promised tomorrow...or the next 5 minutes for that matter. 

I know that's the scary part about all this HA mess...the lack of control.  But, everyone on the earth faces the same dilemma. 

We like to think that we are the only ones in the world that could possibly be about to die, or get a bad diagnosis, (I know that LOGICALLY we know that's not true)...but LOGIC kinda goes out the window with HA  :spineyes:

I know I've looked at other people when I'm in the depths of HA and thought, "must be nice not to have to worry about your BP, or what that lump is under your arm, or where that bruise on your leg came from...or to not have to jump a mile high when the phone rings after you've just had blood work done..."

But, the truth of it is...there are people out there that have had THAT call.  And I bet if you talked to 90% percent of them...they aren't wasting time on "what if"...they are spending time doing what matters most.

Well...I've sure been on a role today.  So I'm gonna stop here.  I hope each and every person on this board can find peace in their lives...even when it's just one day at a time  :winking0008:

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Re: Any Christian Hypochondriacs around? I have a question for you guys.
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2013, 02:24:14 PM »
Thank you all so, so much for this post. I am struggling mightily right now, and my faith is in sherds. I've prayed and prayed and I have often felt so alone. All of your words help reframe my fears and worries. It helps to remember my faith will not always be perfect, but God has this. I don't understand it at all. The fear and worry definitely try and rob my joy. I need to remember that He is in control at all times.

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Re: Any Christian Hypochondriacs around? I have a question for you guys.
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2013, 03:01:06 PM »
SighNoMore,

Hang in there sweetie.  God knows your heart.   He loves us, despite our doubts, despite our fears...all he expects you to do is reach out to him, lean on him.
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« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2013, 03:33:38 PM »
I'm trying so hard. I'm just so scared and frustrated. I honestly feel like God is punishing me.
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Re: Any Christian Hypochondriacs around? I have a question for you guys.
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2013, 03:48:44 PM »
I know it can feel that way sometimes.  I've been there.  But, we know that he doesn't work that way.  He wants us to find peace in him. 
This world is scary sometimes.  And the Bible tells us that there will be trials and tribulations in this imperfect world.

I love this...

Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered." But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

and this...

John 16:33

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
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« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2013, 04:03:34 PM »
Thank you for that. I need His perfect peace because I am floundering on my own, that's for sure. Consequently Jeremiah 29:11 has always been my go to verse. It has bolstered me through some dreary days.
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Re: Any Christian Hypochondriacs around? I have a question for you guys.
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2013, 05:30:38 PM »
First of all...Coldhands!! That post was awesome  :)

Hi southergirl,

I completely understand where you are right now.  I've so been there.  Thank you for letting me know that something I said helped you.  That's why I stay around here.   I'm at a point in my life now where I've made peace with my anxiety/HA.

I still have "moments" that come and try to steal my peace, but I don't let it take hold anymore.

I think that what helped me the most is I got MAD.

I was MAD that HA was causing me to not be the woman of God, mother, wife, sister, daughter, that I was created to be.
I was MAD that HA had stolen so many moments, opportunities, memories.

I always laid it all out on the table with God.  He knew my doubts, my fears, my struggles.   I think that he knows our hearts.  He knows what is going through our minds in our deepest moments of fear.  He doesn't expect us to never have fear, but he does expect us to reach out to him.

I finally accepted that, YES I will die one day.  Whether I die from one of my biggest HA fears, or I get hit by a bus...the fact remains I'm going to die.   I can not control that.  BUT, what I can control is how I live all the days in between.

 I also thought of my daughters, and of course I love them SO much and want to see them grow up.   But, guess what THEY ARE GROWING UP...right now!!  And all this time that I wasted not really "being there" with them, was time that was given to me to watch them grow.  I refused to miss anymore of that....

Once we accept that we don't and can't have "control" over the day we die, we can release the false thinking that tells us.."if I just stay on top of these symptoms, I'll be able to keep anything really bad from happening".

That is a "false" statement.  We can't control that.   Being that you are a believer, you know that if it's God's will, whether you are diagnosed with Stage 1 or Stage 4 cancer...you live, or die, according to his will.   So why fool ourselves into thinking otherwise?

Now, I'm not saying that you shouldn't take care of yourself and be healthy, eat healthy, exercise, etc.  I believe we should do what's in our power (our part) at taking care of our bodies...but beyond that, we can't do anything.  Let it go.  :)

Anyways, I know I babbled a lot.  But, I just wanted you to know that I'm here.  PM me if you need to talk.  And know that there is hope.  I haven't had a major HA episode in almost 2 years.   I'm just not going to let it steal my life anymore :)

Oh and as far as the original poster saying that they have heard that "God doesn't give us more than we can handle"....I believe that verse means "more than we can handle, WITHOUT HIM".  WITH him, we can handle any situation given to us.

Merry Christmas!!! I hope you allow yourself to enjoy this season :)


This post was beautiful.  I felt so encouraged by these words.  What I am learning as I battle this HA is that I NEED to draw closer to the Lord in order to get through it.  Anything else seems almost futile.
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Re: Any Christian Hypochondriacs around? I have a question for you guys.
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2013, 07:33:39 PM »
Thank you Andrea!! :) I'm so glad to be able to give words to encourage. It's in us all, we just have to believe it, seek it and cling to it.
His peace is there for his people.
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« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2013, 01:11:11 AM »
Really like seeing the posts here. Males struggle with this, too. Comparing myself to others was devastating. I even doubted my salvation. Kept waiting for the terrible day that He was through with me not trusting Him. However, He is the author and finisher of our faith. He does not highly regard the strong and resent the weak. He says come to me all of you who labor and are heavy laden. Even when I didn't feel His peace, He still arranging my blessed future. Good song to look up is "Your Love Never Fails" I think by Jesus Culture.
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« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2013, 04:03:55 PM »
Hello. My name is Diane and I am......

I am a Christian and was a very STRONG woman until my colon cancer from Jan. 2009 came back in my liver in Feb. 2012.  I had an open liver resection that included them using rib spreaders and taking out 80% of my liver.  After surgery,  I was  unable to eat for a month and went from feeling depressed to feeling hopeless to being so glad they found it early and I wouldn't need chemo (again).

Once my emotions leveled off, I realized I was a horrible, horrible hypochondriac.  My HA isn't like many of you.  I tend to see a spot, feel a sensation, think something has changed and immediately my mind goes to the worse.  I called poison control because I used four cough drops in a few hours.  Everything scares me now.  My dog snorted on my face, a drop got in my eye and I posted on HealthTap where you pay 99cents and get answers from specialists.  Before my first answer, I was at the walk in clinic paying $55.  Got home and found about 8 specialists had said 'no need to see doc unless you get pink eye'. 

I feel horribly guilty about my HA.  My preacher tells me my battle is against the flesh and it's not a sin to worry about my cancer coming back but to let it dominate my life and keep me from doing what God has spared me to do is wrong.  If God left me on earth and all I do is hide in my house, worrying about illness then I've wasted the time I have been given. 

I take Clonopin and it has helped tho not totally.  My highest dose ever has been 1 mg a day.  I really could use more but am doing my best to get the real ME back.

That being said, I have a 2 year colonoscopy on Monday and I'm a little worried they'll find a polyp. Not terrified, but worried.

I HATE that HA has stolen me from me!
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« Reply #25 on: December 15, 2013, 09:40:52 AM »
Philippians 4:6-7
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ
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« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2014, 12:56:20 AM »
JER2911: That verse is actually 1 Corinthians 10:13 - stating that He won't give you more than you can handle in terms of temptation.

I know this is an old post, but I needed to revive it tonight. I am having a very hard night.

I too am a born-again Christian and have been for 10 years now (26 years old, saved at 16).

I am married to a husband who doesn't understand what I'm going through, and believes that my worry is sin. He has an anxiety issue of his own, though it's very different from my hypochondria.

I also have two precious little ones - a sweet boy who is 3.5years and an amazing little girl who is 15 months.

I've dealt with HA since I can remember, though I went into a type of remission right before I found out I was pregnant with my oldest. I remained in this remission until my youngest was 9 months old. It came back when I went for my yearly gyno exam and the doctor discovered a breast lump and sent me for an ultrasound. It was benign (praise God!) but that's what sent my world into a tailspin ever since - that was over 7 months ago. In this 7 months, I've had numerous tests for numerous cancer fears. Thousands of dollars later, I'm still in the same place.

The thing that gets to me most are the thoughts of missing out on my children growing up - much like you JER2911.

I'm just wondering what actually got you over it? I know that you're not completely over it, but what happened that allowed you to "let go and let God?"

Did you wake up one morning, fall to your knees and have God give you this realization? Did you attend some type of women's retreat? Was it something that someone said to you?

Thanks for sharing. I've come into a lot of guilt for having HA so bad and not trusting in God. I've been reading Jesus Calling, and in one of the days, it explained that you can't have love without trust. So how can I love God without trusting Him?
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