Meniere’s Disease is a complicated mess of symptoms that just like Fibromayalgia is hard to diagnose. The symptoms are wide ranging and it affects each person who has it differently. The main symptoms of it are fullness and ringing in one or both ears, tinnitus (from mild to severe), hearing loss, vertigo (quite different from dizzyness), sensitivity to certain foods, migraines, and the ability to help gravity at the oddest moments for no reason at all, for example, tripping over nothing and falling flat on our faces. Some people are so affected by it, they are disabled and cannot work or drive or even spend time with their loved ones letting on take care of any children or even themselves. Others of us go into “remission” for a season but never know when it will show its ugly head and come crashing in on us.
I am a member of several support groups here on Facebook for this disease. We are able to rant and rave about the disease and how it is affecting us or we can share how we cope with it or what doctors have found out about it. If we need someone to cheer us up or just give us a virtual hug that day, we have friends to go to on these pages. But tonight, I read a post from one member that made me sad, then made me angry! His original post talks about how he has this MM disease but recently was also diagnosed with cancer. He told us about how he has no family and he just needed some hugs. So many of us gave him some. But then, he said some people had messaged him and told him he needed to leave the group because this group page was only for Meniere’s Disease and he shouldn’t be telling us about his new health issue (which, by the way, will get substantially worse with medications and therapies for cancer).
I think it is obvious why I was so sad to read his post. Even without the cancer he needs help, support and friends for his MD but cancer is such an invasive thing! What made me so mad is that he needs support for all of it. Not just the MD. And if we can be that person to give it to him on particularly bad days, then, why shouldn’t he be able to tell us about it? I thought how selfish of people to be that way toward him. And now he is thinking of leaving the group.
Dear friends, what would happen if Jesus were that way with us? What would happen if He said, “Come to me about your good days, or your worship or about anything that is big but please, I can’t be bothered with the rest of it. Just deal with it on your own. I don’t want to hear about the little things or the bad things.” How would you feel if God did that to us? The good news is, He does not say that to us. He does not tell us that at all. In fact, in 1 Peter 5:7 we read, “casting ALL your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Did you see that? Read it again… ALL! Not some of it, not a little bit, but ALL…E-V-E-R-Y-THING!!!! God wants to know every detail of what you are going through. Why? So you learn to depend on Him to help you through every storm, heartache and even every joyful milestone!
So what are you waiting for? Cast every burden and care at His feet and let the peace of God that passes all understanding fill your heart and mind.
Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”