Hello, My name is Abigail Brown,
though most people call me Abbey, and I was born in 1993. Family photos show me as a cute, chubby little toddler while my parents recall my early talkativeness and love of singing. Up until God allowed a different plan to unfold in my life, I grew and developed as the majority of children do.
However, when I was 3,
I was bitten by a tick during a family vacation and contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. My condition was misdiagnosed resulting in severe brain damage that robbed me of the ability to speak, walk, and use my hands. The doctor told my parents that I would recover within the year but that hope proved false. After many years of physical and occupational therapy, I relearned how to walk and regained the use of my left hand. My ability to speak has never returned.
When I was 5 years old,
my parents finally found out that the brain trauma I experienced had led to the development of Dystonia, a condition which causes muscles to tighten and the body to contort in different ways. Currently, there is no cure for Dystonia though I have undergone numerous surgeries and procedures to alleviate some of the more painful and debilitating symptoms.
From early on,
I had to learn to communicate my needs by pointing to pictures first and have since transitioned to a computerized device that voices words for me. I also began to learn to more about God’s love at church every week. But one day I realized that just growing up going to church and having Christian parents didn’t make me a Christian. At the age of 7, I came to the realization that I needed Jesus in my life to become my Savior and to cleanse me from all my sins. That day at a kids’ Bible study, I prayed in my heart and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and thanked Him for dying for me and being raised from the dead so one day I could live with Him in Heaven.
Since that day,
I have had the Joy of the Lord in my heart. I have good and bad days, but I have learned that with God nothing is impossible. I was able to graduate from high school. After that I began writing a blog called “Abiding With Joy In Christ” sharing my story with others who might be going through a difficult circumstance. I also started a business called Silent Inspirations, to sell my paintings and note cards that feature my paintings to earn income.
Yes, Dystonia is hard to live with day in and day out.
This past year I had the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery done in June, it has been a roller coaster ride. I have seen some improvement but then the next day I’m tight once again. How can I smile when things are hard? Because the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “ for our (my) light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us (me) a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” meaning life won’t always be like this. The Lord has been so faithful in the past 21 years going through Dystonia. I wish I could say I don’t doubt His plan for my life. But there have been times when I don’t quite understand why I’m so tight and unable to do anything. But then I remember that the Lord loves me for who I am and I am precious in His sight. Psalm 139:14 says, I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Life may be hard but with God all things are possible.