Today’s post is one that has touched me personally in a big way. I wasn’t planning on talking about this until I began looking through the pictures that I was planning to post, and I found myself staring at a picture of a necklace hanging from my neck. Have you ever buried something so deep within that you forget about it, then a person, thing or picture makes you have a flashback? Well, that’s what happened.
When I was about seven years old, I started to develop a rash on my neck. It started out small, but later spanned across my entire neck. It also developed on the inner parts of both of my arms and also around my belly button. It didnt itch or have any drainage…it was just there. My parents took me to a dermatologist, but the doctor couldn’t figure out what it was and sent me home with a creme. Needless to say the creme didn’t work and actually made the rash on my stomach spread even more. I wanted to pretend the rash wasn’t there to make myself feel better, but there was always that one ballsy kid that would muster up enough courage to point it out in front of everyone and ask “what’s that thing on your neck?!” I started to wear long sleeve shirts to cover the inner parts of my arms and I always wore a one-piece when going to the beach/pool because of the rash. I would even wear this burgundy sleeveless mock-turtleneck during the summer to try to cover my neck.
This went on for about five years. I went to countless dermatologist, had a drawer full of every cream you could imagine (none of which worked, or made the rashes worse.) It wasn’t until my parents finally decided that enough was enough and told me that we were going to pray moving forward. I remember the day they called me into their room, prayed over my body, anointed me with oil and said that God was going to heal me.
The healing wasn’t immediate, but over a three year span my rash began to disappear. No creams, lotions or pills needed! I had completely forgotten about it until I went swimsuit shopping one day and realized that what was left of the rash on my stomach had completely cleared up! I walked away from the store that day with my first bikini! 🙂
Typing this story makes me tear up because it was something that affected me for so long and made me question if God would ever heal me completely. However, it also taught me that things may not happen exactly when we want, but God NEVER forgets about us. He always delivers his healing right on time and makes us even more beautiful afterwards than when our story began!
Makeup by Chinaza Moses
Photography by CR Creative Studios
XoXo- Chrissy Joy