My Miracle

As a child, I had (juvenile) Rheumatoid Arthritis which was rare. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. What does this mean? It means that the body mistakenly identifies some of its own cells and tissues as foreign. The immune system, which normally helps to fight off harmful foreign substances such as bacteria or viruses, begins to attack healthy cells and tissues. That is to say, the immune system begins to fight against itself. The result is inflammation of the joints which is often marked by redness, heat, pain, and swelling. Juvenile arthritis has different types based on the affected number of joints. I suffered the polyarticular type as six of my joints were affected (six fingers out of ten!). This began when I was only 4years old! It began with my left knee, then to my right and sometimes both at the same time. When it was that way, I would not be able to walk. That was the situation during the Christmas celebration in 1990. Then we used local means thinking it was normal osteo arthritis but with time, my fingers starting getting swollen and then stiff. It was at this point that the Teaching Hospital (UNTH Enugu) became my second home. After so many years of treatment and physiotherapy at UNTH Enugu, one day, I asked my doctor if this was curable. She looked at me and asked if I believe in God. I answered in the affirmative. Then she told me that it was incurable but can only be managed. But at the same time, nothing is impossible for God. So, we remained on the level of managing it while at the same time I believed in God’s healing touch and continued to pray. Meanwhile, on the scale of 1 – 10, the pain was always on 6. In 2011, while rounding off my Philosophical studies in Ibadan, I had a major crisis and was taken to UCH, Ibadan. From there I got in touch with a specialist in Rheumatology in Lagos. I started going there for help and was always carrying out series of tests. At this time, I didn’t know a thing about our wonder worker, St. Jude Thaddeus. In the morning of my ordination, 5th August, 2017, I was informed that I have been appointed the Director of the St. Jude Apostolate. From then, I started journeying with this great apostle. So, my first St. Jude Novena was October of 2017. My prayer intention was complete cure from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I prayed for the same intention in January Novena of 2018 as well as the Lenten Novena. Afterwards, I carried out the tests I was asked to do and when I returned to the clinic in April of 2018, the specialist looked at the tests, looked at me, smiled, shook my hand and said – Congratulations, Moses. There is no trace of Arthritis in your system. Up till now, as I am writing this, I have zero pain on my fingers, the joints and the wrists! For the first time in over thirty (30) years I will be without the pain of arthritis, wow! This is a miracle through the powerful intercession of the help of the helpless, St. Jude Thaddeus and I am proud to share it to spread devotion to him to the glory of God.

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