How To Have Hope While Fighting Autoimmune Disease

How To Have Hope While Fighting Autoimmune Disease

A little over a year ago I CRASHED!

I have been diagnosed with 7 different autoimmune diseases and in previous years I had only experienced a major flair up once before. I had been making it through life uncomfortably but I had been making it through with God as my strength and my family’s help.

A CRASH is an autoimmune flair-up that causes your autoimmune numbers to soar and makes it impossible to function.  You may look totally normal on the outside but on the inside, your body is in turmoil!  Inflammation is a curse for the autoimmune suffer. For me, I found myself going to my Rheumatologist every two weeks and getting more blood draws than I care to admit.  More trips to the hospital for the day and more tests!

In the end, the only thing the doctors could do was add more medication. (FOR THE RECORD…I am not against medications.  I am thankful for some of the medications I take!)  However, I wanted to go deeper and the doctors were not able to talk about the root causes of the disease.  They only wanted to treat the symptoms.  I don’t blame these excellent doctors at all…they were caring and compassionate but they just had not been trained to look at the root causes but rather to treat the symptoms.

Around November of last year, something happened when I was praying to God, He was showing me that I needed to trust Him and follow the principles he had put in place in his word.  It was such a sweet time with Jesus as he gently showed me the way!

God used people to help me in this journey!  Two friends were key in my journey toward finding the help I need.  My friend Tamara and my friend Tricia.  Tamara had been on the same journey battling her autoimmune diseases and introduced me to a life-changing book AUTOIMMUNE THE CAUSE AND THE CURE.  My friend Tricia introduced me to the healing properties of essential oils.

Last December I started slowly to feel better by weekly putting into effect the things I was learning in AUTOIMMUNE THE CAUSE AND THE CURE  and using essential oils.  My numbers started to go down!!




How To Have Hope While Fighting Autoimmune Disease


  •  I started drinking purified water.
  •  I started eating grass fed beef, chicken and eggs.
  •  I began using frankincense, peppermint, and white fir essential oils daily.


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  •  I was already gluten-free but I eat less of all grains now.
  •  I started eating more wild caught fish.
  •  I started taking a vitamin D supplement as well as natural multi-vitamins.
  •  I prayed daily for God to heal me.


If you are suffering from an autoimmune disease I strongly advise you start by reading AUTOIMMUNE THE CAUSE AND THE CURE.

Autoimmune The Cause and the Cure


Second, Start learning about essential oils HERE.


There is HOPE out there!!

We do not have to live this way!

We can change our lives with God’s

guidance and help!




What are you doing that is helping you heal from autoimmune disease?


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About The Author

Janelle Esker

Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.


  1. Life Breath Present | 15th Sep 14

    I’m glad you’re doing so much better! I have run across that book, yet don’t have a copy in my own library. You’ve reminded me that I need to get one! 🙂

    • Janelle Esker | 15th Sep 14

      Thank you so much for your well wishes! I am so thankful to God that I am healing!! Thank you for taking the time to comment!!

  2. Franzonia | 30th Oct 14

    Im stuggling for 22 years now with a lot of immune sickness
    I am so thankful for your block. I am a Christian and truely believe that Jesus can heal me.. I also believe in organic foods only. Bake my own rusks for morning green tea.
    Now all I can hope for is complete healing by the master healer- Jesus Christ.

  3. Janelle Esker | 30th Oct 14

    Thank you for your comment! I agree with you wholeheartedly…I will be praying for your health! It sounds like we are taking the same path and I can’t wait to see all that God will do!

  4. Letetia | 28th Feb 15

    The best thing about link-ups is that they introduce you to blogs and authors that may have been previously unknown to you. It is very nice to meet you! Like you, I have an autoimmune disease, and have been living with a Lupus diagnosis for 5 years now. Some days are better than others, but the difficult days can definitely try your faith. I look forward to looking into both the book and the use of essential oils. Thanks for sharing!

    • Janelle Esker | 28th Feb 15

      Hi Letetia,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for introducing yourself! I have been diagnosed with Lupus 3x now and undiagnosed 3x 🙂 I would love to hear more about your journey…some days are so very hard to make it through…it is nice to know that I am not alone and that others out there share a similar journey. That gives me HOPE!

  5. Brittany at Equipping Godly Women | 4th Mar 15

    Oh wow, I can’t even imagine! Hopefully you can find a treatment plan that really works!

    • Janelle Esker | 4th Mar 15

      Thanks Brittany! God has been guiding me though this journey and is teaching me new things every day! Thank you for your comment.

  6. liz | 12th Oct 15

    I needed to read this right now! I have several autoimmune diseases as well. And for the most part I manage, but I started a new treatment and it set me back into a flair up. I am now on steroids trying to get back to baseline. It can be so hard when you feel so hindered by the disease and it causes so much invisible pain. I started to feel sorry for myself, because I feel like the disease takes so much of what makes me, me. I get tired, I constantly cancel plans with loved ones because I just want to stay in and recuperate, I have consistent mental fog, and often feel overwhelmed. I recently bought some frankincense and white fir oils and am hopeful that these will help. Can I ask you what brand of frankincense oil you use and how you use it? I read that it can be hard to find a pure oil that isn’t diluted with the carrier oil.

    I have also started an elimination diet to see what foods are truly bothering me. I cut out all caffeine and carbonated drinks, I try to find all food organic and non-GMO. And I have ordered some pharmaceutical grade 100 billion CFU probiotics. Even though we face challenges that others may not understand, I am hopeful and steadfast in my recovery! Thank you for reminding me of that!

    • Janelle Esker | 13th Oct 15

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you for your comment and I can completely identify with your feelings about autoimmune disease! Especially the part about having to cancel plans…that is so hard for me! It makes me feel isolated too. I am doing the same as you and I have only had one flair up this year!! I use doTerra essential oils because of their third party testing. For me that was critical because I needed the oils to be absolutely pure so I would not have an allergic reaction. Please let me know if you have more questions. Sending many blessings your way as you journey toward recovery!

  7. Warez | 14th Jul 17

    Lucky I found this, thanks!

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