I was born in New Zealand with severe eczema. It was so severe to the point where I had to take 12 strong steroids pills a day, accompanied by weekly blood testing and UV light treatments. Waking up in the morning was excruciating as my skin would crack and bleed whenever I moved. I would spend up to an hour just applying medication on my skin, and showering was by far the worst part of the day. Eczema took over my life, daily routine, and on the long-term has taken an extreme toll on my self-esteem and mental health. It had also affected my family, as my parents later said that it felt like as if they were killing their own child due to my constant pain.
When I was 10, we decided to move to Australia due to its higher humidity. About two weeks after the move, a miracle happened on my mum’s birthday. I went to her room first thing in the morning and told her, “Mum! Today was the first day in my entire life that I have been woken up by the morning sun.” It was the first time in ten years that I have not woken up during the night due to my eczema. Although all of us forgot that it was her birthday, she said that it was the best birthday gift she could have ever received as she saw it as a promise from God – a promise that everything will finally be okay. Coincidentally, a family friend had sent two verses to my mum, one being: Isaiah 58:8 “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.” From that day on, my eczema started going away. My medications were slowly weaned down to nothing, and we stopped the UV light treatments. As of 2011 when I was 13, I have been eczema free. I am 19 this year, I’m a completely changed person and I have truly never been happier.
Throughout the entire ‘eczema journey’ as I call it, my family never lost faith for God’s healing. We would pray every night and get prayers from our church. Because God was always there, I was still a happy and positive child growing up. Without Him by my side, I think I would be an entirely different person today. So, the main thing I want to say is – continue to have faith and do not lose hope in prayer. Things may take weeks to months to years for it to happen, however, in God’s grace and power, it will happen. Do not give up, do not lose faith in prayer – take courage and stay strong as God will always be with you through the thick and thin.
Double Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing and Midwifery
Powerhouse, Ablaze Service