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Woman Bled Uncontrollably for 12 Years - Reflection on My Chronic Illness

October 12, 2020 Shannon Earley Season 1 Episode 11
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Woman Bled Uncontrollably for 12 Years - Reflection on My Chronic Illness
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Woman Bled Uncontrollably for 12 Years - Reflection on My Chronic Illness
Oct 12, 2020 Season 1 Episode 11
Shannon Earley

Hey friends!  Did I tell you guys yet that I have a chronic illness?  And that there are a million different doctors doing a million different things to figure it out - but I was reminded during  a recent bout of family illness of a story from the Bible - about a lady that bled for TWELVE YEARS without a cure!  12 years!
It reminded me that I'm not alone while going through this, and that others have already gone before me - and that Jesus spoke DIRECTLY to them.
And listener friends - whichever faith you may have, I hope you are able to at least understand or enjoy my comparison!  Thanks for coming back!


Luke 8:43-48



English Standard Version




43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians,[a] she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter[b] said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”


Show Notes Transcript

Hey friends!  Did I tell you guys yet that I have a chronic illness?  And that there are a million different doctors doing a million different things to figure it out - but I was reminded during  a recent bout of family illness of a story from the Bible - about a lady that bled for TWELVE YEARS without a cure!  12 years!
It reminded me that I'm not alone while going through this, and that others have already gone before me - and that Jesus spoke DIRECTLY to them.
And listener friends - whichever faith you may have, I hope you are able to at least understand or enjoy my comparison!  Thanks for coming back!


Luke 8:43-48



English Standard Version




43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians,[a] she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter[b] said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”


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Hey guys, this is Shannon Earley, and you are about to listen to Episode 11. That's double digits, bro. And sister. Anyways, stay tuned today because we're going to talk about something very bloody, very female II and superduper important. Thanks for coming back to nesting with the early birds and I hope you enjoy this time with me. Alright guys, so this is Episode 11, which is, like I said earlier a super duper big deal because it is 10 plus one, which means one more than 10. Guys, listen, I'm a homeschooling mom. And I've also been sick for like a super long time. So my brain is basically just a fart right now. I don't know, like, again, virtually Raise your hands if you ever have fart head, but that is what I'm dealing with today. But know the words for it. You guys, my family has been just so sick. Like, we have just been getting jammed one wave after another of sickness illness, stitches, it's just bananas. And for any of you know that, that know me in a personal manner, you might remember that I have chronic illness. So whenever there's a viral infection or something that is supposed to just do a little bit of damage, it basically Jacks me up. So this has been the sleepiest weekend of my entire family's existence, all six of us have probably just slept and slept for days. So I was finally like, dude, Tuesday's coming up, I need to have a podcast out for that. And I forgot these things I really want to talk about. So one of these things I wanted to talk about happened to me during a fever dreams. It's like way too out there in too crazy. I'm so sorry in advance. At the same time. It's kind of a big deal. So I've told you guys before, I'm a Christian, which means that I read from a book called The Bible. And in the Bible, there are many, many different stories, many different things that happen to lots of crazy people. Everybody in there's a sinner like everybody's horrible, except for Jesus, Avi. So anyways, the whole deal is we're living in this fallen world, everybody is just awful all the time. And because we're also in this fallen world, our bodies, you know, don't work perfectly. So you might have heard this song where they're like I was once blind. But now I see. So you can understand our bodies don't work perfectly. I have chronic illness. The doctors are now calling it fibromyalgia. But I've been tested for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Lyme disease. I've been tested for a gajillion different things. I just found out that I have a bleeding disorder. There is something that is called a being factor to positive I guess my father had very intense pulmonary embolism several years back, he had a clot that was in his leg that traveled up into his lung and it it was a really big deal. And most of these are life threatening. So he had what was called a pulmonary or lung embolism, which basically means something goes on with your blood. That's not not a good deal. I'm not a doctor, guys, I'm just a podcast hostess. Anyways, and they found out that he had a genetic thing called factor two, which causes people to have strokes more frequently than the general population. Okay, so I just found out that I also have this which you would think to yourself, if your dad had this pulmonary embolism like years ago, why were you just finding out Shannon that you also have this? Well, ladies and gents, buckle up tight, because I will share with you my story. Like I said, I've been going through years and years now of trying to figure out what is wrong. My husband has had to deal with me being stuck in bed stuck on the couch, weeping, crying, feeling depressed or sorry for myself, feeling sorry for my children feeling guilty, shameful, embarrassed. You guys. It's been absolutely difficult and terrible. And honestly, there's only a real close knit group of people that even know what's going on and less than them are even able to help and less than that, less than that. Even offer to help. So things are just they can be very difficult. And what stinks is that there can be times where I almost feel like there's Nothing wrong at all. And then a flare will happen and it will hit me like a truck, it will be like the most painful and exhausted feeling you can imagine where lifting up your arm, to maybe a polo shirt on is just absolutely exhausting. You almost feel worn out. Like when you have the flu or something like that. And it just hits you. And it is so frustrating. And it can be very discouraging. On top of all of this lately, they have just found several different breast lumps. All three of them were different things. I ended up getting them found on a mammogram, which is great. Thank you, Lord for mammograms. Yes. And I have been feeling just so worn out that they were just asking about different things. And I was like, Oh, yeah, you know what my bleeding like my lady time is completely not normal. Basically, I never stop. I'm just constantly bleeding. And it's just my kids have special needs. And so many other things going on, one of our sons was hospitalized recently and another of my children at stitches, and they have games and activities, and we homeschool. And it's like, at the very end of that I just forget that there's something wrong with me that I need to get checked out. And I'm sure a lot of you know exactly what I'm talking about. Well, finally, I went to the OB, and they're like, yeah, we're going to give you this medicine, and it's going to completely shed your uterine lining. Basically, it's going to give you a fresh start brand new, like a reset. While I did that, and took the medicine, and I've not stopped bleeding since. So it's like, I don't know what point they're trying to have me reset. But I actually have an appointment coming up. So that's going to be very exciting to see what's going on there. But as I was bleeding again, and just feeling so drained, not just because of the emotional toll because like obviously, guys, it's a lot when there's a chronic illness and you don't know what really is the cause. It can just cause such anxiety even though I trust in the Lord. And I know that his plan for me is good. He tells me it's good. Living it out, day to day can be very difficult. But it made me think about this lady, there is literally a woman who experienced the exact same thing in the Bible. Exactly. You guys. You might hear the stories of David and Bathsheba and how he sent her husband to war and got him killed. So he could have an affair with her and all these like amazing, huge stories, you know, or Joseph was sold to slaves. I mean, he was sold as a slave. And then he became like the Pharaoh's right hand, man. And there's all these really big stories that really stick to you. But I feel like I don't know of many children that are learning the story about the woman who didn't stop bleeding. So I'm going to share that with you guys. Alright guys, so this story actually does come from the Bible. And I'm not always going to read scripture verses, but it's a pretty big deal. Since I'm such a pair of Fraser and a summarized here, whatever I have to say I'm a Samaritan. That's not the word here. I'm such a person that just likes to say, well, the gist of the story was blah. But I felt like it was really important that I share it because this is exactly what was put on my heart. So this is from the book of Luke. Luke is one of the Gospels in the Bible. There's Matthew, Mark, Luke, and john. So this is from Luke, chapter eight, verses 43 through 48. And it says, and there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for 12 years. And though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment. And immediately, her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, Who was it that touched me? When all denied it, Peter said, master the crowds around you and are pressing in on you. But Jesus said, Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me. And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling and falling down before him, declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Dude, I told you the exact same thing is happening to me like what? I mean, there's not a crowd of people pressing in on Jesus physically. But when I said the same thing happened, I mean, dude, it said that she had spent all of her lives, like her earnings on trying to be healed and going to different doctors. You have to understand guys back in the day, like when this was written, it was written for the folks that were mostly Jewish. And in that custom, there was clean and unclean people clean and unclean things. And blood because it was like a holy part of your body. Basically, a giving thing of life actually would make you unclean. It's hard to explain it. But basically, any woman that was bleeding menstrual cycle, for instance, was considered unclean. Which is bananas, considering it's the same blood that gives life but you know, what are you gonna do? Anyways? So besides the fact that she was bleeding for 12 years, like, it's so interesting, when the Bible does this, it will just say like, for 300 years, they suffered. And it's like one sentence. But if you think about it in our daily like, in and out lives, we're like, oh, my gosh, it's been four days. You know what I mean? Like, we would be just a blip in the Bible of our suffering. Just imagine it, like, she was a homeschool mom for 45 years, whatever it is, you know. And there is just says that she bled for 12 years. So you've been understand like, not only did she suffer much longer than probably most of us understand. Even if we have a chronic illness, it's, we're not shunned by everybody that we're with, we're not pariahs. People aren't forced to turn their backs on us or not touch us. There's no friendly Hello in the street. You know, she couldn't go to the hairstylist and have her hair wash. Nobody could physically touch her. She used to understand like, if she went to the well to get water, people would have to run away, because you also weren't allowed to be seen talking to an unclean person, the whole thing. So this poor woman, and it doesn't say I don't know if she has a husband, who knows. But she was probably filthy, because they didn't have maxi pads, ladies and gents, they had rags, okay. And she probably I mean, it says she has no money left, she spent it all. And she couldn't be healed by anybody. So here she is just like, feeling depressed, probably destitute. She's alone. she feels like she's a leper. People hate her. And then there's this crowd of people and she hears about this guy who can heal her maybe. And you have to understand like her putting her face in front of all those people. That was that wouldn't have been done, you guys. So she had the guts, like, do you understand how brave she was to go show her face? How much she had to be on her last? Just legs that she would have to believe like, this is the thing? Because if it wasn't, look what she would have been doing. All of those people, you guys, it's not like now where? I don't know. I don't know. We don't have anybody you know, back then supporting and being like, Don't pick on her. It's just your period, or whatever it is. That's not. That's not the deal, guys. She was alone. And she decides, even though she knows Jesus can heal her. She's like, instead of going like face to face and asking for his help. I'm going to like sneak in like a little bloody Ninja, and go grab his cloak. Which is really cute when you think about it, because I do and I'm like that too. I don't know what it is. Why do we not just go to him and ask what we want? Why do we not go and say please heal me? I don't know why we don't do it. I don't do it. I don't do it till it's too late. But she thought she'd go in there and be cute be real sneaky. Like, no one's gonna notice her. You know, like, God, the Father. In the human flesh isn't gonna feel somebody tickling his cloak. Anyways, so she touches it, and he's like, Who touched it? Well, I bet. I mean, think about it. Do you think she was afraid when he said that? Like, oh, no ECC. I don't know about you guys. But like, if you've ever been really seen by Jesus, it can be quite an intense experience because he sees you fully girls. And she knew it. And she was like, hey, it was me. I did it. I thought you could hear me. And he's like, You're right. I could and because of you believing in that I did go away. My daughter called her my daughter. So not only is that a term of endearment Guys, but it was in front of a set of crowd of people pushing in, like, the amount of people must have been insane. And Jesus stands up in front of all those people and instead of turning her away, like they probably thought he would, or telling her she did something wrong, like they probably thought she deserved. He straight up in front of all them clean, cleaner, he cleaned her reputation. He cleaned her illness, he cleaned her body. Dude, he's so awesome. I just love how Jesus is like, you might think you want the one thing like she probably just wanted to be healed. And he's like, I'm going to heal you in 1000 ways, not just the blood, I'm also going to make sure that you can have friends again. I mean, you know, guys besides like, going to heaven, you know what I'm saying? Anyways, so Jesus, just God just reminded me put it on my heart that like Shannon, when you're, they're frustrated, because you just bled through your clothing onto your couch, or, you know, there's all these illnesses that are just wearing you down. You know, there's people that have been there. There's people that have been there, and I'm thankful I already have a relationship with Jesus, you know, like, I've got him to turn to, I don't know what it would be like differently if I didn't, you know, I can't imagine what I would do. I really don't. So, I just wanted to encourage you guys today, if any of you are going through your bleeding, your 12 years of bleeding, your chronic illnesses, your suffering or even your 12 years of just feeling like you're destitute or a pariah, or nobody loves you or whatever. Remember, you don't have to go in like a ninja to get Jesus's love. He's got you girl. He already knows you want it. He just wants to hear you say it. Does that make sense? Anyways, thank you for listening, guys. I'm sorry. My voice sounds like I have a pillow in it. Because my tonsils, which I don't have, but my throat is swollen, like a friggin baseball. Anyways, thank you so much. And remember, God totally loves you all the time. Hey, guys, have you shared this with anybody yet? Like just one person? Do me a favor. Share this with just one person that you think might enjoy listening. Please, you guys, it's so cool to see these numbers going up. Did you know we hit 100 downloads. Whoo. Whoo. Let's keep it going. 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