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God’s Grace for Depression

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The past month has been challenging. My brother came home with a chest cold and my mom promptly caught it, exactly one year after she had been in the hospital because her heart caused fluid to build up in her lungs until she nearly drowned. I took care of her around the clock and we both went three consecutive nights without sleep at all. One night, she coughed with every single breath and I was scared to death. Fortunately, I never caught their chest cold and they are both well now. But three nights without sleep played havoc with my mental health. One of the obvious symptoms of bipolar mania is the increased energy that reduces my need for sleep. But when circumstances disrupt a healthy sleep pattern, the lack of sleep can also signal my brain to trigger mania, which is what happened. You know what they say: “the higher you go, the harder you fall.” When mania dies out, it crashes...

I Have a Rare Disease #RareDiseaseDay

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In January 2000, I woke up with one eye dilated. When it didn’t go away, I called the doctor who saw me immediately. There was concern that I could have a brain tumor. That was scary. The nurse called around to find an ophthalmologist who could see me right away. The eye doctor tested some eye drops in my eyes and determined I had a neurological disease called Adie’s Tonic Pupil. He prescribed some eye drops that I could use to force my pupil constrict and he added, “You can look it up on the Internet. If there are any new treatments available, let me know.” Jaw dropping. Back in 2000, the Internet was less helpful than it is today. But that’s when I discovered NORD, the National Organization of Rare Disorders. They listed Adie’s Tonic Pupil or Adie’s Syndrome as a rare disorder affecting fewer than 10,000 people. I ordered the report from NORD...