- Hypoglycemia -
I first met Karen back in the fall of 2000. Our daughter, LeeAnn, was preparing to move to Botswana to teach school. I was concerned about her health as it seemed that every time she traveled abroad she would become seriously ill and it would take much time and antibiotics to get well. At that time, Karen's husband, Pastor Steve Hurd of Faith Evangelical Free Church, was mentoring me in the area of spiritual conflict counseling. When I had mentioned my concern for LeeAnn's health, Steve insisted that give Karen a call. So I did.
It didn't take long for Karen to realize that LeeAnn likely had an allergic reaction to milk & certain dairy products. This was a dramatic change in LeeAnn's diet but it reaped huge results in getting well and staying symptom free.
Then just a few years ago, I faced a medical dilemma. I had unexplained fainting spells, even fainting multiple times a day. After much doctoring with cardiologists, and then neurologists and finally a neurosurgeon and still no answers, I gave Karen a call and made an appointment. She looked over all my lab reports and test results to discover what my doctors could not; I was hypoglycemic. I had low blood sugar. When my blood sugar would crash, my brain would shut down and I would faint. Then my body would kick into "rescue mode" and flood my system with adrenaline to bring my brain back to life.
By altering what I ate and when I ate I was able to avoid dizziness and fainting spells which allowed me to get my driver's license back! This new way of eating healed my body of an adrenaline addiction. And a wonderful side benefit was that I began to sleep through the night. That was something that I'd not done for over 20 years.
If that were all the benefits of this bean diet it would have been enough. But, because I have felt better, have good health, get plenty of sleep, I am more energetic, my disposition has changed from anxious & irritated to much more patient, warm and loving. Just ask my husband and daughters! And my mind is clear, my spirit is wide open to the Holy Spirit to speak and move much more powerfully in my life! That is priceless!
I thank God for Karen & Steve Hurd, for each one is walking out who God has called them to be; I have benefited personally from them in great ways! Karen, my good friend and mentor, it is my prayer that God will bless you with many, many more years of faithful service!