When my mom was nineteen years old, she contracted Tubercular Meningitis on the brain.
Tuberculous meningitis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This is the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). The bacteria spreads to the brain and spine from another place in the body, usually the lung.
People who have the following, have a higher chance of developing tuberculous meningitis:
- Drink alcohol in excess
- TB of the lung
- Weakened immune system
In my mom’s case, she had a weakened immune system because she was working a daytime job and a nighttime job.
Mom was admitted to the hospital, and she had to stay in bed, and lay flat on her back.
While in isolation with other patients who had the same illness, she watched everyone around her eventually, die. Mom said that she was the only person left alive. Mom also told me that she kept herself alive by eating everything in sight.
A year after she was admitted to the hospital, a cure was discovered. It was administered to mom, and a little while afterwards, the doctor told her she could live a normal life. Before she could leave the hospital, she had to learn to walk, again.
HOLD ON TO HOPE, NOT MATTER WHAT, AND DON’T LET GO OF GOD’S HAND! Miracles happen every day.
In † Christian Love, Susan Osten
EXCERPT FROM Finding the Strength to Keep Fighting WHEN YOU HAVE A CHRONIC, INCURABLE ILLNESS
By Jo Moss
How do you find the strength to fight on when you have an incurable illness?
I’m an optimist, I’m a fighter and I’m a problem solver. But when you are struck down with an incurable and largely untreatable illness, where no amount of fighting will make you better, and your future is so uncertain, what do you do? How do you stay true to yourself and not give up? How do you wake up each morning and continue to fight? How do you stay optimistic when there appears to be no hope of recovery? How do you solve your problems when even the most intelligent minds do not know the cause of your illness? How do you convince yourself that tomorrow will be a better day, just to give you the strength to continue, when each day is such a struggle? How do you accept the limited life you have now, compared to the limitless one you once had?
You take one day at a time. You choose your battles and let go of the ones that serve no purpose except to exhaust you. You celebrate even the smallest achievements. You laugh when you can and cry when you need to. You learn to accept what you cannot control and work your hardest to change what you can. You learn your limitations and you adapt, but that doesn’t mean giving up. You appreciate each day because your future is so uncertain. You learn to forgive yourself and others. You learn compassion. You fight to raise awareness and understanding. You never lose hope because some days that’s all you have.
Living with a chronic illness is not a death sentence. It can be bloody hard but it makes you appreciate so much. It makes you appreciate your friends who have stuck by you even when you had given up on yourself. It makes you appreciate your family who love you no matter how many mistakes you make. It makes you appreciate your loving husband who didn’t sign up for this, who married an able-bodied, happy and healthy woman, but still loves you just the same. You appreciate every smile and every happy moment. You appreciate life. Take care.