Helen is a Christian who has recently suffered a relapse in symptoms due to the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis.
She remains buoyant and optimistic despite her physical disability. She attribute her spirited determination to
remain as active as possible in the face of rather bleak outlook to the strength and assurance that she knows comes from God.
E&F: How do you know this?
Helen: God has given me intellectual, emotional, and spiritual resources that stem from an early foundation of
having been raised in a Christian home where guidance and encouragement were a mainstay of my existence. I believe I
can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Whatever situation he has put me in, he has put me there to shine
and glorify him.
E&F: Do you ever get frustrated over your lack of physical healing?
Helen: Certainly. Sometimes it would be more convenient to do everything easily. But the fact is I
can't and I know and take comfort in the knowledge that although God can heal me at any time, I have been planted here in
this soil to bloom in my own special way to serve his divine purposes.
E&F: How long have you suffered from Multiple Sclerosis?
Helen: 30 years
E&F: Do you believe God is using physicians help you deal with your disease?
Helen: Absolutely. Through various programs and different medications that I have taken over the years the
disease has been stabilized and I have been able to continue to be as independent as possible. In the last few years,
as the M.S. has slowly progressed my independence has lessened, but I still attempt to do as much as I possibly can.
E&H: What scripture gives you the most solace?
Helen: Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
E&H: If you were able to say one thing to someone who might be suffering from a sickness or disease or experiencing
loss, what would it be?
Helen: Determine to find out as much about the disease as possible and the medical resources that are available
to you, and then search the Bible for spiritual strength.
E&H: Thank you for your time.
Helen: It has been my pleasure.