My Story: Cheryl Walker

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

In 2006, my world felt like it turned upside down. I gave my life to Christ, not knowing my “yes” would cost me everything. I couldn't understand what was happening to me. I had sores in my mouth, nosebleeds that would last for hours, my body ached and was bruised to the touch, and I was constantly tired. If it wasn’t for my coworker insisting that I needed to go to the doctor, I probably wouldn't be alive today. I went to see my primary doctor. He took one look at me and said go to the hospital; you’re going to be admitted. What? I’ve never been sick in my life. What do you mean I’m going to be admitted? When I got there, I surely wasn't going home. The physician couldn't believe I was still alive because I barely had any platelets left in my body. I was admitted and taken to the ICU after being given platelets down in the ER. They already began speculating that it was lupus.

Who has been there for you? How?

My daughter is amazing. She was 2 years old when I got sick and really started to understand that I was sick by 3. She told me at that age that she was going to be a doctor and help heal me. My child then began to learn how to read at 3. She tested for a magnet school and was accepted. She has had straight A's and is now in gifted classes and she has exceeded the standards in every subject on end of the year tests. My journey is shaping my child's future and makes me determined to keep fighting and be strong for her.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

I didn’t have a choice to make lifestyle changes. My doctor was telling me that I was 100 percent disabled. I couldn't walk, hold myself up, or do anything for myself. I really just wanted to die until I realized that I had everything to live for. I had to fight for myself to get better. The most important lifestyle change was focused on my prayer life. I met a woman who beat stage 4 cancer while I was flaring really badly and battling depression. While telling me how she was healed, I asked her how she was able to fight in her journey. She told me something I will never forget and was so valuable in my journey: "my father is a pastor. I was taught that when you are sick, you start praying for others." This message hit my spirit so strongly that I began to cry uncontrollably. I didn't know that message would impact my journey with God.

Sickness is a mind game. You fight the mind, you win the battle!

To be able to share my story while giving honor to God is a promise that I must fulfill.

To be able to share my story while giving honor to God is a promise that I must fulfill.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

My biggest accomplishment is becoming a licensed minister. I am able to share my story while giving honor to God is a promise that I must fulfill. I am not disabled any more. I’m able to work full time and live my life as close to normal as possible.

Hold on and know that your current circumstances will pass.

What's your advice to someone else living with Lupus?

Ever read the book of Job in the Bible? I feel like I have lived it. Everything was taken from him while his faith was being tested – family, friends, possessions, his health, all gone. But as the story continues, in the end Job had restoration. In your trials, turn the page and let God continue to write your story. No matter how deep the abyss or how powerful the storms you face, everything can change for the better in a day, a moment, or an instant. Hold on and know that your current circumstances will pass.

About Cheryl Walker

My Story: Cheryl Walker
I hope this message can touch a person who is feeling empty. To the one who wakes up feeling like life is more of a curse than a blessing; to the one who feels like they are trying so hard and are falling short, my message to you is told hold on. God can change things in an instant! I went from being disabled to being able to work full time, from failing kidneys to remission. Sickness is a mind game. You fight the mind; you win the battle!
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