My name is Kathryn Ball. I’m 33 years old, my husband Micah and I enjoy new experiences and learning from one another each day. We’ve been together for 13 years and married for 9 of them. Right now my hope is to share my journey with miscarriage, stillbirth, and chronic illness, the belief that I will be healed from this illness, the healing I received for endometriosis, and my walk with God through it all.

My hope in sharing my battle with the chronic bladder disease, interstitial cystitis, is to spread awareness of the invisible chronic illnesses that are becoming all too common in the US and world at large. Hope doesn’t have to be a dangerous word for those of us who are told there is no cure and remission is rare. I believe that God is healing me and others, whether it be on this side of life or the other. I believe in the miraculous healings of God but I also believe that God can heal us through doctors and medicine. God brought me to healing through an endometriosis specialist, and I wish to share the evidence-based treatments of my specialists so others can get access to the same healing.

I also share my experiences of miscarriages in regards to faith in God’s plan for our lives. Many women encounter miscarriages and although I am not the first person to share my experiences, I hope it helps someone else grieve with peace. Stillbirth and miscarriages at different stages in pregnancy bring about different experiences of grief that can feel isolating. I choose hope over fear and wish to reach others who may be struggling with their spirituality in the midst of a devastating diagnosis or loss.

My love for God is not conditional to what He does or doesn’t do for me; that is what it means to flourish with God. To truly flourish with God, we must become rooted, established, and immovable in every season.

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