Christian Short Stories

The Faith in Me!
By Delphine Trudel

Delphine writes: "I am in Grade 6 and attend St. Jude Catholic School in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada. My story is about me!"

You would have to be strong to do what I do, to be who I am, and to have what I have. Thanks to God's support, I am!

Day and night, I suffer from constant pain. I pray for it to stop but today I feel much better. The operation I will have is definitely something big. I am curious, anxious, and little bit scared.

It was supposed to be this past Monday but it was postponed to the end of May. Now, I am even more worried! So when I pray to God, He helps me to see the positive side and not the negative. All the faith He has in me helps me to keep on going.

I had more blood tests in the last two months than an average human being has in a lifetime. I've got fourteen hours of hard work every week just to keep my lungs healthy so I can breathe.

Sometimes, I don't want to do all the treatments and just quit everything; yet my faith guides me and it keeps me going. Without God by my side, I don't think I would have the necessary courage.

Last week, I spent all my days at the hospital in Ottawa for all kinds of weird tests unable to come back home every night to sleep in my bed.

As the doctors were about to operate on me on Monday, they realized that something new was wrong! At the last minute, they stopped everything, realizing it could be dangerous for me. The last thing I needed was to have more problems in my life!

I knew I wasn't alone, felt good inside, and had faith. Doctors discovered that my glucose level was at 17. A healthy and normal person has a level around 6 or 7.

Now, I have to test my glucose levels about six times each day to be sure I am not at that dangerous number again. I have to do all this before each meal and two hours after in addition to all the other treatments. It is a lot for a twelve-year-old girl.

My results are confusing; they are either too low or too high. I might even have diabetes. It feels strange to think I would be obliged to take more medicine for that. God reminds me day and night never to give up! I want to have a fun life and I do have one because I have faith! I put up with a lot in order to live a full life! Diabetes is common for people with CF (cystic fibrosis) like me. My pancreas doesn't function properly so the doctors have to find a way to make it work like it should. I understand what is happening to me and I have faith in myself and I know I will have a good future because every day I do everything that has to be done. Much is demanded of me to be healthy and happy.

Do I live a normal life? Well, let's just see: I scuba dive, play football and even do horseback riding in the summer. I have traveled all over the world and love every moment of it!

So, there you have it - thanks to God! Yes, I live a life that is full of joy! That's why today I still keep going!

(© 2012 Delphine Trudel – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)

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