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Live Fully

| written by Alece Ronzino | 5 comments

A guest post from Evelyn Hausknecht —

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This year I have chosen the word live. I am using this word as a verb expressing how I live not where I live. This verse embodies my desire: “Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me.” (Psalms 119:175)

In April 2008 I had a stem cell transplant. This transplant was necessary because a year earlier I was diagnosed with a rare type of T cell lymphoma. This disease was aggressive, recurrent and deadly. I survived the transplant, but have chronic Graph versus Host Disease. This occurs because my body tries to reject its donor. This battle has continued for 5 years this April. Due to this battle I take immune suppressants to keep a balance between my DNA and the donor DNA. The immune suppression requires me to have many restrictions on my life. Germs are my enemy. I have dietary rules, environmental rules, and social rules. This makes me feel like I am living in a bubble. I have to be very careful when I go places where I will be in close contact with other people especially during flu season. Also it is hard to eat at a friend or family members home unless they know my dietary rules. Gradually these rules have become less restrictive, but they are still there.

Along with the rules, I have experienced fatigue, shortness of breath, joint stiffness and severe dry eyes. All of these limitations have put limitations on my life. Even though God gave me the miracle of life, I did not feel that I was living a full life. At the beginning of 2013 I believe God is telling me LIVE, really live, live fully, so that I might praise him through my life. This will involve taking some risks and moving out of my comfort zone. I’m sure this challenge will play out differently on different days.

Singing with gusto at the Sunday morning church service is helping my shortness of breath. Driving a one ton truck filled with ladies to a bible study class, going with friends to new restaurants where I am not sure about the menu, and participating in a 2 mile power walk three times a week, are just a few of the risks I’ve taken so far this year. I am also riding motorcycle with my husband and caregiver more frequently and for longer rides.

Now I realize that most of these activities don’t sound risky to the average person, but they are for me. You see, I haven’t had enough
oxygen in my lungs to sing for a long time. Driving the one ton truck is new to me, and I am gradually getting comfortable with it. The two mile power walk is something I could not manage until this year. I am looking forward to new challenges each day and have a mindset that with God’s help I can Live Fully.

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Evelyn Hausknecht  is a married grandmother of 6 that loves bright blue skies and very sharp pencils. Currently a retired tracher and cancer survivor, who enjoys life.

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After pioneering a nonprofit in South Africa for 13 years, Alece Ronzino now lives in Nashville, TN. She’s a nonprofit communications strategist, freelance copywriter/editor, and the founder of One Word 365. More importantly, she dances in the car, talks with her hands, and makes a mean guacamole. She blogs occasionally but candidly about searching for God in the question marks of life and faith. Follow Alece on Instagram and Twitter, and visit her blog, Grit and Glory.

comments

Tara Owens: So beautiful! I love how you are embracing your word, and the call to live fully. Thank you! Reply

Sheila Seiler Lagrand: Bravo! I am on my feet, cheering! Reply

Kelly Chripczuk: Yes, of course, sharpened pencils! You can use our new sharpener any time you want. I'm proud of you for posting this and for the courage you show EVERY day. Looking forward to celebrating five years post transplant! Reply

Laura Brown: Singing with gusto. I love it. Reply

Kimberly: There's living and then there's LIVING! You're showing us how to do both:) Reply

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