How hope came packaged with hard
The jubilation over that recovery soon turned into heartache. Chelsey was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome (LIS). LIS is a very rare neurological condition where a person is completely cognitively aware but is paralyzed below the eyes. Unable to coordinate breathing and vocal cords, a person can only communicate through vertical eye movements and blinking. Doctors gave a prognosis of permanent LIS.
Having placed her faith in Jesus Christ as a child and faithfully walking with him her entire life, Chelsey was now being drawn even closer to God through suffering. “Christ covered me in peace during what should have been an overwhelmingly frightening time,” Chelsey says with conviction. “I knew God was with me, and I knew I would not always be where I was at that time. No one told me that, but I knew it.”
She resolved to push for greater recovery, placing all hope in God for what no one else thought possible. Defying all odds and medical explanation, Chelsey began to regain use of her facial muscles, arms, and body. Today, though she spends most of her day in a wheelchair, she can walk! “I still struggle daily, but Jesus is with me.” She says. “It causes me to fix my eyes on him.”