4 Reasons I'm Thankful For Suffering

beth November 26, 2012

Sitting in the doctor”s office as a college student, feelings of despair washed over me.  This was the third doctor I had been to, looking for answers to my unexplainable symptoms of fatigue and dizziness.  What was their answer?  “You need antidepressants”.  I was shocked and a little miffed at this third doctor”s diagnosis.  Though at the time I didn”t know the dangers of taking antidepressants, I knew this was not the answer to my problems.  How could fatigue dizziness = antidepressants?  It just wasn”t logical to me.

My dizziness and fatigue worsened to the point that I had a hard time functioning on a daily basis.  Climbing up a small hill took every last breath and effort in me; brushing my hair, washing the dishes completely wore me out.  Driving began to be a monumental task.  I wondered if I was losing my mind.  The doctors say I”m fine, but I did not feel fine!

In the days of living with these unexplainable symptoms, I did not think there would be a day that I would be thankful for the suffering.  This suffering, however, brought me to a desperate place of searching outside “the box” and looking for alternative answers.  I can truly say that I am thankful for the suffering.

Here are 4 ways I”m thankful:

  • Suffering caused me to think outside the box.  Prior to my suffering I thought conventional medicine was the answer to everything: whatever the doctor said or prescribed was the best option without question.
  • Suffering gave me an best online casino understanding of others when they suffer.  I”ve been there done that.  I know the feeling of living years with poor health and not knowing how or what I could do.  I can sympathize and tell them, “You can do this!  There is an answer to your health problem and it is worth getting to the root of it!”
  • Suffering gave me a passion to read and research health, which has resulted in a lot of learning!  When I first began using home remedies, I was amazed at their effectiveness, and to this day I still am.  I realized that I really could doctor my family at home for most common ailments.   There is also still so much to learn!
  • Suffering developed in me a huge desire to share easy, safe, inexpensive remedies with others.  I love to help others find a safer way to deal with their health problems without living with the side effects of medication.  Hence,  my blog was born.



What could cause the symptoms I suffered?  

In my case, the biggest culprits were poor diet and prescription medication.  As a child, I consumed a common American diet: frozen dinners, canned spaghetti o”s, Kool-aid at will.  I believed that the “70% vitamin A, 25% vitamin C, 20% calcium, 10% iron…” label on a can of food meant that I was getting good quality nutrition.  This is not to say that I never ate homemade meals or fresh garden produce, but the majority of my diet was typically unhealthy.  I was also on prescription medication for six years, which damaged my liver and digestive tract.

I am so thankful I now know the true value of fresh food and healthy eating. {And thankful my mom knows better now too. ;)}  I also realize that taking most medication comes with a price.

You probably wonder what the answer was to my severe fatigue and dizziness?  The answer was flooding my body with nutrition it was depleted of.

Through a friend, God led me to a natural chiropractor that used applied kinesiology to find out which nutrients my body was deficient in.  Within a few weeks of taking tinctures to replenish my body, I began to feel better.  In 4 months I felt like a new person!  You can imagine my joy that I had finally found the answer to my years of suffering!

Have you ever found yourself thankful for suffering?


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  1. I have been suffering for 16 years with so many “painful” ailments that I spend most of my time in pain. It’s rare that I am out of pain. I wish I could sit down with you and discuss the process of finding “the root”, but alas, it isn’t to be. But thanks for writing this article. I have a renewed hope that one day I will find my path.


    • Faith, I highly recommend finding a good natural chiropractor or naturopathic doctor that can help you. I’m sending prayers and best wishes that you will be able to get to the root of your ailments!


  2. Jill…suffering is never easy but God always has a purpose. For you, it was realizing a new way of treating and healing the body. I am on my own road to learning more about natural treatments for healing ailments and have been pleased with what I have found so far. Thank you for sharing your story at WJIM. Blessings to you.


  3. […] me at Modern Alternative Health for the answer to my symptoms, and the reasons I’m thankful for […]


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