I’ve been having issues over the past few weeks with high blood pressure, rapid pulse and irregular heartbeat.   In the past, I have only experienced rapid heart rate from time to time.  One day, I considered going to the emergency room, but went to my doctor instead.

After running several tests, he determined that I have a tumor on my parathyroid gland.  He assured me that most of the time these kinds of tumors are benign, but that it definitely has to come out because it’s wreaking havoc with my nervous system. The tumor is sending erroneous messages to my brain that I have heart problems.

I have scheduled a consult with a surgeon for this coming Thursday.  As I write this post, I am short of breath and I have pressure (but no pain) in my chest.

I never thought I’d be grateful to have a tumor…

Some of my friends and family have been noticing that I have seemed more stressed than usual, and I certainly have been feeling that.  I also admit that I have been scared.

Although I will continue to have these symptoms for awhile, I know that God is holding me securely in His capable hands. And I am grateful that I do not have actual heart issues.

Here’s an excerpt from my devotional for today:

“As you look at the path ahead, you notice that a peaceful fog has settled over it, obscuring your view.  You can see only a few steps in front of you, so you turn your attention more fully to Me and begin to enjoy My Presence…Someday the fog will no longer be necessary, for you will have learned to keep your focus on Me and on the path just ahead of you.”


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