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Many people take medications for pain, for rheumatoid arthritis, for seizures, and for other reasons. In this issue, authors describe the role of medication in their lives and its impact on their faith in God.

To Give Thanks and Swallow

Love, support, and laughter help Michelle McIlroy trust that God is using medications to bring her back into family, church, and community.

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At Last, Six Years Without Seizures

Side effects from various anti-seizure medications took Jon Rink and his family on a long and difficult journey before he found relief.

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My Reluctant Dependency and Growing Empathy

Jess Crist has found that God used her brain chemistry to draw her into a fuller reliance upon him.

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Arthritis Is a Disability, Not a Crime

Amy Nyland is grateful for medications and for health insurance, but she resents being treated like a criminal for seeking help.

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Trial and Error: A Way of Life

Finding the right medications has taken decades for Michèle Gyselinck.

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Editor’s Note: Medication’s Pros and Cons

Weighing benefits, side-effects, and costs make decisions about medications challenging.

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Spring 2020—Visual Impairment and Blindness If you live with a visual impairment or blindness, please tell us (in 400 words) about how you engage in the life of your congregation by February 3.

Summer 2020—Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Though completely preventable, millions of people live with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). If you or a loved one lives with FAS, please tell us your story (400 words) by April 24.

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