Thoughts on the dangers of and solutions to ‘unwitting effects’

Pre amble:
Romans 12:2 says Be no longer conformed to the patterns of this world but be you transformed by the renewal of your mind

My thoughts:
What are ‘unwitting effects’ and where are they from?
These are unspoken under currents of disquiet that insidiously take over the freedoms we could be enjoying.
They stem from an inherent knowledge of unaddressed issues, and the subtle psychological tensions these set up in the mind. They stem from habits and ways of thinking.
Unexpressed anger, resentment and regret, join together as a potent force that can create deep rooted depression.
They could be the result of action or inaction but more often it is inaction.
We could self perpetrate vicious cycles by adhering to old patterns, taking too long to take action, having many plans and never really implementing them.
They could be a symptom of paradigm paralysis, and or analysis paralysis.
They start with small daily habits, attitudes of mind and the extents to which options are sought and explored. These limit God in a sense, for:
He has given us the ability to ‘know what he has freely given us’.
He has given us the ‘ability to know the truth that will set us free’
He said,
‘My people perish for lack of knowledge’ and again, we stumble sometimes because we fail to ask.
Asking the right questions is absolutely critical to ‘Knowing’.
Knowledge equips us for actions we need to take to… ‘break through’
Breaking through, can be another word for ‘miracle’

Prayer:
Dear Lord my God, I release my breakthroughs and miracles now. I yield my habits, thoughts and actions to you Father God. Through the promptings of the Holy spirit, I choose new ways of thinking in the spirit of Romans 12:2 and develop a spirit in me that recognises ways in which I hinder myself and set up ‘unwitting effects.’ Let your illuminating light so shine in me, that your miraculous work is self evident. Let the blood of Jesus speak greater things than the blood sacrifices of my ancestors. I am released this day from any inherited, ‘unwitting effects’.
So shall I walk in freedom of heart, mind, psyche and spirit.
AMEN

Romans 12:2 says Be no longer conformed to the patterns of this world but be you transformed by the renewal of your mind

Lara Cookey
Accra
21 July 2009

Help bring awareness to Devic’s Disease

I have created the SistaMoon Foundation, a non-profit organization to help raise funds for research and support for individuals diagnosed and affected by the rare disease called Devic’s Disease.
My daughter Dawn was diagnosed in September 2008.
This foundation is necessary because this disease is so rare and under diagnosed as well as misdiagnosed. Although many are often misdiagnosed – 35% of African Americans are misdiagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when they really have Devic’s Disease. Also 80-90% of individuals diagnosed with Devic’s Disease are women.
There are a few medical facilities in the United States including the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Stanford University and San Francisco University that are dedicated to conducting scientifically valid clinical trials and research for this disease. According to the Walton Clinic in England, “it doesn’t make business sense to pharmaceutical companies to spend huge amounts of money on relatively rare illnesses.”
It is the goal of my foundation to bring awareness to this rare, demyelinating and often fatal disease to everyone especially every doctor in the United States and other areas around the world.
I am asking everyone please help bring awareness to this disease by sharing this information with your doctor, family, friends, Senators, Mayors, Governors, Congressmen/Woman. You can also contact the President, The first lady and Kathleen Sebelius Secretary of Health and Human Services as well a Kareem Dale the Special Assistant to the President regarding Disability policy.
Tell everybody you meet.
I am going to make everyone in the world aware of this disease and raise so much funds to help find better or more effective medication, a cure, to help prevent this disease by helping medical professionals, medical students, teachers, eye doctors and anyone I can identify recognize the signs of this disease.
Together we can make a difference.

Shelia Jean Sheckles-Bennett

Care and carers

A member of the Myasthinia Gravis Association in the UK, Mr. Charles Kodua, was guest speaker at the June meeting of Sharecare Ghana.
He focused on two main topics: acceptance and care. He stressed the need to accept one’s condition, thereby allowing others to help you. Everyone struggles with “why me?” but afterwards, it is important to put oneself in the position of the caregiver and be willing to accept help. Others have the ability to “save you from yourself” and many are very willing to lend a helping hand.
Discussion ensued as members talked about their struggles with autoimmune conditions, many of which lack external cues but have significant internal ones, and finally being able to accept help.
It was agreed that the concept of disability needs to be rethought. Many individuals walk around with no external signs of disease (for example, those with diabetes and myasthenia gravis) and society is reluctant to accept that these people may have a disability. Members remarked that even when they accepted the facts of their disease, family members refused to believe that they really had a disability. One person talked about her anxiety at having to ask for a wheelchair at the airport – not for her mother, but for herself.
Along with rethinking disability, it is also important to educate doctors, dentists, optometrists, and other health care providers about signs of autoimmune conditions. Many of these disorders are first recognized by someone other than a doctor. However, with the fragmented nature of Ghanaian health care and doctors’ unwillingness to refer patients, it is imperative that everyone is educated about these conditions. Mr. Kodua disclosed that the UK Myasthenia Gravis Association has a DVD that they distribute to health professionals.
Minutes recorded by Kannie Chim

Abyss

By Lara
I went to the edge of the abyss,
To gaze at all the stuff that had fallen away from me.
Where, all things that I wished for, had fallen into.
Where, they had fallen in, and plummeted down.
Their journey continues.
They are still hurtling on their way, to, I know not where.
There is yet more that will fall away.
Abyss, labyrinth, tortuous paths.
Stretching far away to unseen depths.
I have turned around.
Turned the back of my head,
To the abysmal abyss.
I have set my gaze on something else.
Full stop, no shifting, no changing.
My gaze is on something new!