When Illness Changes Your Plans

It has been several weeks since I have posted here at FamiliesForMissions.com.  This was not part of the plan, of course.  But sometimes illness sidelines someone with the best of intentions.

I have an illness called Meniere’s disease.  This is an inner ear problem that causes vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). I was diagnosed with this a couple of years ago and suffered quite a bit with weekly vertigo episodes.  I was able to receive steroid shots through the affected ear drum, and these shots gave me some relief from the vertigo for a little over a year.  I still had the hearing loss, ringing in my ear, and unsteadiness, but I was able to function well.

Several weeks ago, the vertigo returned.  When the vertigo happens, it feels as if the entire world is spinning around me for several hours, and it is impossible to do anything but lie in bed with my eyes shut.  Then, I typically have several days of marked unsteadiness.  I can’t drive, and I need help watching my children and taking care of them.  There is no cure, but there are a few medications that can help with symptoms.

Needless to say, this makes writing and editing blog posts very difficult.  I am making plans and will be posting more regularly now.  Thanks for your patience!

I look forward to sharing more great missions ideas with you and your family!

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Jennifer Brannon

Jennifer Brannon is a former missionary kid who lived in Puebla, Mexico, from age 11 to age 19. She now lives in Kansas with her husband and three children. She wrote “Missionary Kid Stories” to educate and inspire children to dream about becoming missionaries. She wants children to learn about all different kinds of missionaries and mission work. In this way, they will grow to understand that God can use all kinds of people and talents to tell others about Himself.

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