Remember, Miracles Take Time!

Remember, Miracles Take Time!

My mom’s name is Gillian Rose Heath, she was born and raised in Northampton, England. She was nineteen years old when she contracted Tubercular Meningitis on the Brain.

Tuberculous Meningitis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This is the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis is a contagious, airborne disease that typically affects the lungs. If the infection in not treated quickly, the bacteria can travel through the bloodstream to infect other organs and tissues. Sometimes, the bacteria will travel to the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (this is what happened to my mom).

Tuberculous Meningitis is very rare in the United States. Most reported cases pertain to people who have traveled to the United States from other countries where TB is common.

There wasn’t a cure available for Tubercular Meningitis on the Brain when my mom contracted this germ.

People who have a higher chance of developing Tubercular Meningitis are as follows:


Drink alcohol in excess,

TB of the lung,

Weakened immune system.

In my mom’s case, she had a weakened immune system due to working both a daytime and a nighttime job.

When my mom was admitted to the hospital, she had to stay in bed, and lay flat on her back. This went on for approximately one year. There was no cure for Tubercular Meningitis on the Brain when my mom contracted it, that is why those in her isolation ward died.

Mom watched everyone around her eventually pass way; until she was the only one left in the isolation ward. Mom didn’t tell me how she handled that situation, emotionally, but she did tell me that she credited her longevity to eating everything in sight.

Approximately, a year after she was admitted to the hospital, and again, the only one left in the isolation ward, the doctor walked up to her beside and told her that there is now a shot available to help her illness. It was a shot that would put the germ on brain to sleep. After she received the shot, the doctor told her that she could live a normal life, if she did not burn the candle at both ends. When she was discharged, she weighed over 200 lbs. and she had to learn to walk, again.

This is the reason that you should never, never ever give up!

How do you find the strength to fight on when you have an incurable illness?

“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.”

I was sitting by my mom’s hospital bed. She turned and looked at me and she said, “Susan, tell my story!”

Mom was in the hospital because she underwent surgery, in which she had both legs amputated above the knees. Scleroderma had cut off the blood flow to her legs (mom was diagnosed in her 60’s with this life-threatening disease).

What is Scleroderma? Scleroderma is a rare and debilitating autoimmune disease for which there is no cure. It’s often progressive and sometimes, fatal. It affects every age and gender and it’s neither preventable nor contagious. It confuses the best of the medical field by making it difficult to diagnose. Scleroderma attacks the Vascular System, cutting off blood flow to extremities, resulting in Gangrene and amputation. It affects the Gastrointestinal Tract, Heart, Kidneys, Lungs, and Esophagus. Scleroderma causes hardening, thickening, and tightening of the skin which oftentimes, causes devastating results to one’s facial appearance and one’s mobility. Scleroderma has no cure.

A successful drug to treat Scleroderma, or any life-threatening illness one might be facing, could right around the corner!

Christians, you’ll find that your faith in Jesus will play a tremendous part in your longevity. I can’t remember where I read it, but it said, “People of faith have less symptoms.”

Christians, Jesus lives inside of you! He will never leave you and will always be with you throughout your journey! If you trust Him, He will renew you hope, strengthen your weary body, and restore your weary soul. One cannot predict it, but I will say it, “Jesus may wish to heal you!”

Remember, “Miracles Take Time to Happen!”

The following pages were created by Susan Osten, in Loving Memory of Gillian Rose Heath: mom lived with Scleroderma 16 years, and she passed away on April 12, 2011:

This is my favorite photo of my mom: she loved the snow! She is twirling in the snow: we were in Kentucky!

Help End Scleroderma † and Support Scleroderma Awareness: WE NEED A CURE are Christian pages designed, to support Scleroderma patients, in various ways. Most importantly, “Raising Awareness” of Scleroderma, which is one of the “Greatest Gifts” you can give to those who have Scleroderma.

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

Resources: MedlinePlus, Excerpts from the article, “Finding the Strength to Keep Fighting When You Have a Chronic, Incurable Illness, by Jo Boss, The MIGHTY

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

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