I am a warrior who has been living with an auto immune disease since 2014.
It hasn’t been easy for me these past years, the pain and weakness I go through is nothing compared to the awful words from people just because they do not know exactly what I am going through.
I have been living with Scleroderma – an autoimmune disease that causes hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues on the body. For me, it started like a boil on my thigh which was so painful that walking became a struggle. I reported to the hospital where the pain was minimized but the hardened part of the skin persisted.
Within a few months, it spread from one thigh to the other, which further made walking even more difficult for me. My muscles also grew weaker by the day.
I couldn’t raise my arm or climb the stairs. People around me said I was being lazy but I just couldn’t lift my leg to walk fast. This affected my career as a health and safety supervisor because it’s demanding and involves a lot of activity, so I feared I was at risk of losing my job.
After a lot of sleepless nights crying to God and numerous hospital visits in search of a better understanding and a solution to what I was going through, I endured flare-ups which felt like hell on earth. I felt alone because my family was far away and friends neglected me during my most trying times. My relationship also ended and I was financially drained because of the cost of my medications. I eventually lost my faith in God because I felt He had also neglected me.
Then one day I met Doctor Kemi (God Bless you Doc). She has been a great support to my wellbeing till date and I always say God answered my prayers and brought her to touch my life. She helped me to better understand my diagnosis and assured me that it’s not a curse and I’m not alone. She taught me to avoid triggers with the aim of reducing flares. One thing I’ve learnt from her is to stop questioning God and to rather ask him to reveal the lessons to be learnt. Also, that autoimmune diseases should not affect the will of God for your life and your purpose on earth.
Maybe it’s the will of God to make me go through this struggle to humble me and to use me to remind you that there is a great potential in you and nothing can stop you, not Scleroderma, Myasthenia Gravis or any other autoimmune disease.
I want to say – God richly bless all my true friends and family (Richmond and Kwesi) who tried to understand my situation and stuck by me, I really appreciate your help and words of encouragement to carry on as a commander of an army.
I am Nadia Kuffour and I am a Warrior.
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