Healed from Crohns Disease
When I was about 8 or 9 years old I was diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease called Crohns. This disease causes the immune system to attack the digestive system and I was told at the time that it was incurable. Over the years I have been on all sorts of different medication such as steroids and have had all the associated tests to try and find a way to control the symptoms. I finally had to have part of my small intestine removed, but this didn’t stop the disease from returning.
In my first year of University, I became very ill and had to take several months out as I basically couldn’t get out of bed. The symptoms eventually lightened and I could return to my studies but the problems and disruption it caused was something I was worried would happen again. I felt like my life was controlled by this disease.
In my second year, around October, the symptoms started to return and I was terrified. I spoke about this to a friend, who I have known since Sixth Form, and by then had been saved and was part of the Assembly. She suggested I pray to the Lord to take away the pain and other symptoms. I had been sceptical to say the least about her new faith but, as she rightly pointed out, what did I have to lose? The next time I was in desperate pain I prayed. As soon as the words had left my mouth I felt the pain disappearing.
The next time I was in desperate pain I prayed. As soon as the words had left my mouth I felt the pain disappearing.
“O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.” PSALM 30:2
This was the beginning of my conversion and by the following July I was baptised and had received the Holy Spirit. Without the desperate situation I was in, I would have never turned to the Lord.
About a month later, while I was staying with my friend in Scotland, my symptoms came back again. This was devastating to me and I couldn’t understand why, after having been saved, I was going through this. I was fortunate enough to have my friend with me and so we prayed for healing and to know what to do. The Lord showed me while I was praying to fast for three days and so this is what I did. My symptoms became manageable and then slowly dissipated. In this time I spoke to a Pastor in the church about my diet and the Lord’s view on this. I was then told about the Daniel Fast which has been used to help all sorts of problems. This seemed like a logical thing to undertake, and was the beginning of a month of eating only natural, plant based food. It was a struggle but I started to feel healthier than I had in years. By doing the Daniel Fast I went completely against medical advice and am happy to say, since then, I have had no returning symptoms.
The Lord didn’t just cure me straight away; He used my disease to bring me to the truth and to teach me. He taught me about diet and fasting, healing and faith and perhaps the biggest thing, that He uses bad situations to bring you closer to Him. This whole episode was difficult and emotional but I am so thankful to have gone through it, as I now have a first-hand experience and testimony of His power and mercy. He never gave up on me even when I accused Him of it, which shows just how blessed we are to be His. You have to trust Him that He has a plan and the awful things only happen to lead you to greater blessings.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” ISAIAH 55:9