In 2000 I began to experience seizures and extreme fatigue but ignored all symptoms, denying that there was anything wrong with me. That denial and my lifestyle as a believer brought me to the lowest point of my life.
In January 2001 I experienced a brain stroke, bleeding left eye, and was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus. Systemic Lupus is an immune disease that attacks and eats away at the vital organs and brain. When the disease is active, it can be life-threatening. For my situation, the disease put me in bed 12 to sometimes 14 hours a day and I experienced slurred speech, as well as short-term memory loss. I hit rock bottom in my life and lost my home, job, and a lot of mobility. The only one I turned to was Jesus Christ.
In 2005 I went to Seattle from Chicago for a visit. I had lived in Federal Way in the 1990s and accepted Christ at a local church in 1998. During my visit, I met Gene Wilkerson after a church service. I told Gene I had Systemic Lupus and he very casually asked if he could pray for me. I didn’t really understand what that meant. People say prayers all the time and I just thought it to be a kind gesture. Gene and his team prayed over me. I began to weep and I felt this hot heat resonate throughout my body. My legs became weak and the prayer team held me up as they prayed over me until they were done. Then, because I was so weak, they helped me sit down where I stayed for a time until I could stand up again. I really didn’t understand what had just happened to me. Gene explained that the Lord healed me and that it was done.
I went back to Chicago and I no longer was sleeping and lying in bed long hours. In fact, I was sleeping 6-8 hours now. I didn’t know what was happening to me. I went to the doctor for my blood tests and they came back normal. I was cured of the Lupus.
Since then, I walk in even deeper faith and obedience and my lifestyle is clean. I have nothing to be ashamed of and the Lord has been so faithful to guide my path because I have become an open vessel to Him.