In the words of my best friend, a victim of this disease, “Dysautonomia is a disease that effects the autonomic nervous system and cannot be cured. It drops your blood pressure and makes your heart rate go crazy and makes your body go blank; pass out. This was the start of my new life.” I’m writing this because we need your help, she needs your help and it’s not just her. There are several affected by Dysautonomia. There are three girls in my just my church alone who have been diagnosed with Dysautonomia. There is a girl who graduated in the same class as me at a different school who has been diagnosed with Dysautonomia. There are two nieces of two nurses who work with my boyfriend’s mother who have been diagnosed with Dysautonomia. There is a friend of mine, a sophomore in college, who has recently been diagnosed with Dsyautonomia. There is a substitute teacher at my alama mater who had Dysautonomia. It doesn’t stop there. There’s more so many more. I’ve seen it firsthand. I’ll be the first to say it, because you’re probably thinking it, I thought at first “Could it really be that bad? That serious? Real?” The answer is yes. Picture this:
You feel uneasy so you sit down, but you still pass out. The next time you feel uneasy you stay standing, but you still pass out. You wake up and can’t move at first. Your body aches. You’re walking and everything is fine and then suddenly you feel uneasy and you pass out. You’re sitting down watching a movie and you pass out. You feel okay and you still pass out. You’re in the passenger seat of the car riding home and you pass out.
It happens just like this. It has happened. I have watched as my best friend could pass out once a day, or once a week, maybe even two. Then I see her and these other girls pass out twenty+ times a day. Several times back to back to back. They can’t stop it. This disease does a work on their body and their mental health. There is a lot even I myself don’t see, but what I do see is a smile on their face. A smile on Karlie’s face even if she’s feeling her absolute worst. She chooses to stay positive.
I say all of that to say my best friend, Karlie Stough, hasn’t passed out in weeks. To be allowed to drive again she has to go six weeks without passing out. She’s been close before and had to start back at square one. I’m asking for your prayers and positive thoughts to be sent her way. We are believing this is it! Let’s stand in faith together and be bold.
“You’ll take delight in God, the Mighty One,
and look to him joyfully, boldly.
You’ll pray to him and he’ll listen;
he’ll help you do what you’ve promised.
You’ll decide what you want and it will happen;
your life will be bathed in light.
To those who feel low you’ll say, ‘Chin up! Be brave!’
and God will save them.” Job 22:28