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FBC Opelika member writes book born out of her health strugglescomment (0)

September 3, 2009

By Anna Swindle

Forty-eight-year-old Lynn Fox Adams is an author, an online support group leader, a wife and a mother despite the fact that she’s been homebound since 1994.

Adams has dysautonomia, a condition that causes her blood pressure to plummet when she stands, making it virtually impossible for her to walk or even sit up completely.

But Adams has yet to let her disease get in the way of serving God and others.

“She’s ministered to so many people, and people will say, ‘I can’t complain about anything anymore after seeing what she’s gone through,’” said Steve Scoggins, pastor of First Baptist Church, Opelika, Adams’ home church. “She ministers to people all over the country. She’s for real.”

Adams said she knew early into her illness that God was leading her to write a book, even though she calls herself an unlikely author. She began keeping a journal of her experience with dysautonomia in the ’90s, and when she survived a near fatal organ collapse in 2008, she knew the time had come to start her book.

“It targets every person in everyday life, because it will help you learn to serve the Lord no matter what your situation,” Adams said of her book, “God Needs Me,” which will be released nationwide Oct. 27.

The message of Adams’ book — spreading the good news of Jesus Christ — is also the mission of her life. She has carried it out wherever she has been and through whatever means available to her.

For a while, Adams had to live in a nursing home, spending her days flat on her back, and even there, she ministered to the woman sharing her room.

For 10 years, Adams has been the online support group leader of the National Dysautonomia Research Foundation (NDRF) and has been able to reach out to others with the disease.

The NDRF Web site gets more than 20,000 hits per month — plenty to keep her busy answering e-mails and replying to posts. Still she finds time to make scrapbooks for loved ones, maintain close relationships with friends and educate others about dysautonomia, all from her bed or recliner.

About 1 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease — the majority of them women. Because many doctors are unfamiliar with it, however, diagnosis can take awhile, and often women are told their symptoms — such as excessive fatigue, excessive thirst and dizziness — are caused by hormones. Adams tries to inform as many people as possible about the reality of the illness.

“When I was diagnosed, my doctor told me not to turn to malice because of other people’s ignorance,” she said. “Now most people in my community know what it is, because I’ve talked about it and written about what it is so people can understand it.”

Although her book follows her personal journey with dysautonomia, it’s resonating with countless people who don’t have the disease. Longtime friend Patty Allen said she’s already ordered about 20 books to share with friends and relatives.

“It’s not really for people just with dysautonomia, because it’s such a message of hope,” Allen said. “All of us face trials and troubles every day, and this is something that will encourage you. Once you read it, you think of other people that could be blessed by it, not just people who are sick.”

Through “God Needs Me,” Adams has found yet another means of telling others about Jesus.

“There’s an invitation to accept Jesus in the back of the book, and there’s already been one person saved because of the book,” she said. “I can see now I went through all I went through so I could write this book.”

For more information about the book, visit www.tatepublishing.com.

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