Healed From MS
MY TESTIMONY - HEALED FROM MS
By Sheila Lee Vollmer October 3, 2001
My name is Sheila Lee Vollmer, I attend Calvary Chapel,
Costa Mesa, and Calvary Chapel, Golden Springs, (Diamond
Bar) California. I love my Lord Jesus with all my heart and
pray daily to be worthy of His calling.
On April 6, 1997 God granted me His Healing Touch and
removed the damage done to my body by 7+ years of MS!!! My
desire with this paper is to document the history of this
illness up until and through God's healing, including dates,
doctor's names etc. My prayer is that others will be touched
by God through this and come to KNOW our God DOES HEAL!
My body began suffering the deterioration caused by MS
sometime prior to 1990. A Little Background: In 1990, I
became very ill, first mentally, than physically, but I
remained undiagnosed until 1997. MENTALLY: This all began
with serious mood swings and extreme bouts of depression.
Much of my time was spent in bed with blankets over my head
just wishing I could disappear, or worse, wishing I were
dead. Crying for days - with no idea "why?!" During my
desperate search for help a dear pastor told me all I needed
was to get closer to God. "OUCH" "But, I love God", I cried,
and immediately plunged deeper into the black pit that I was
desperately trying to climb out of! Many of you may have
heard these same words, I hope not, because they hurt beyond
description and can cause further damage. I do pray pastors
would recognize that there are physical problems that they
may not be aware of yes we need God desperately but a doctor
can be needed too! During that particular time I was on such
shaky ground emotionally that this could easily have cost me
my life, by the grace of God... it didn't!!
In reflection, this is really scary; God
must have had a dozen angels stationed around me! I DID
think of killing myself, it's terrible to se those words
typed out before me now.but I can clearly remember being so
lost deeply depressed and John stopping me from getting into
my car, knowing I wanted to hurt myself. Sobbing
uncontrollably, angry for no reason and afraid. And yet I
had a good life and a husband who loved me, a wonderful
daughter, this was very confusing. No one knew I had MS,
which causes severe depression, so they pretty much decided
I just needed to "Cheer up. give this to God". Problem: When
you are sick, you need to get help! I was suffering from
severe clinical depression and words couldn't fix me! If you
have a loved one doing any of these things, get them help,
pray with; but get them to a doctor and give medicine a try,
it could be physical! God did give us doctors and medicine!
For two years I was on freeways, driving blindly in tears,
to and from my church (30 min. away) four and five nights a
week. Many times I would get completely lost and have to
pull off of the freeway and call home to ask John for
directions.... Often I was over an hour from home, having
gone on the wrong freeway! Looking back.God's protection was
no less than incredible!!! PHYSICALLY; I began losing my
ability to write or use my hands, then my ability to stand
and walk. Once a VERY active woman having all the balance
and coordination required to skate (pre-competition), I
found myself reduced to someone afraid to stand away from a
chair or a wall.
The walls of my home now balanced me and
were becoming fingerprinted from me hanging on as I made my
way through the house. Falling with no warning had become
all too common, my legs would simply not go when I did and
down I went. Sometimes I would turn too much and just walk
head first into a wall. It's hard to imagine, but when your
brain is sending the signal to stop, and your feet and legs
don't get that signal, you just crash. It's very weird.
Being covered with large bruises people would stare at me I
probably looked like a battered wife, so I took to wearing
long sleeves and high necks. The bathroom was especially
dangerous with its hard surfaces, I would be so careful and
then suddenly I would fall into the bathtub, hitting my
head, sometimes I would lie there and sob. Walking without
help was out of the question, so my husband took me
everywhere, holding tightly to my hand and balancing me! Our
ability to do even that was declining fast My vision had
become extremely blurry to the point that I no longer could
see my pastor from the front row at church.
Driving my car had been put on hold because my perspective
and judgment had diminished, but also because of the
occasional desire to drive through a wall or off of a high
THE FIRST MEDICAL HELP: All of my doctors wanted me to try
anti-depressants, but I was being told Christians have no
need for such medications and they are just crutches. So,
naturally I refused. Finally, my family doctor who is
Christian, convinced me to take home a week sample of
anti-depressants and try them, reminding me that I had to
take medication for my seizures and asked me what made me
think my brain was perfect?" That did make me laugh!!! So I
agreed. In 3 days the world was a different place to live
in! The physical symptoms were all still there and they were
naturally depressing, but not like before not even
remotely!!! The sobbing diminished and so did the insane
anger and occasional desire to drive my car into a wall or
some other such craziness! KNEEMAIL PRAYER MINISTRY WAS
BORN: I think the year was 1995 when I began praying for God
to give me a ministry, whatever special ministry HE had in
His Plans for my life.
I had NOTHING to offer!!! I had been an
artist that was gone, there was very little I could do. God
kept telling me "Computer" and I kept responding "No Way.
Computer, I'm an artist". We argued for 3 months. He won!
That's a much longer story, but that was the beginning, in
the midst of this pain and worthlessness!!! God took this
piece of clay that was totally broken and useless to the
world, but with a heart for Him and HE put this ministry
together!! Many of us have been praying together that long
This is a continual miracle, most of the dear brothers and
sisters don't know how they happened to find us, neither do
I, no web site, nothing but the greatest web, our Lord
Jesus. We have pastors and missionaries all over the world
praying with us, I can only smile and say "Thank You Lord,
You are so amazing!"
DIAGNOSIS: In desperation we called the Mayo Clinic who
promptly requested I come to their facility immediately. The
Mayo Clinic's Neurological teams of doctors all work
together, conferring on all cases. Each neurologist
specializes in a different area. It was quite unique.
First appointment - head of the neurology dept. - Dr.
Zimmerman, who within 5 minutes asked me if I had been
tested for MS. I had not been and he was somewhat shocked
and was having difficulty covering his anger at my doctors.
He turned me over to their Neurologist who specializes in MS
for a four-day battery of tests - extremely full days .
The following days included tests that were very extensive,
including a complete testing of my nervous system from head
to toe, MRI's, more specific Nerve Conduction Tests, and
massive blood work-ups.
On Friday, April 4, 1997, I was told my diagnosis was MS.
Although this was not very good news I was so happy to
finally know what was happening to me. THE DOCTOR'S
TREATMENT PLAN The doctors were in agreement that given the
progression of my disease it would be appropriate to try
some radical treatment. The plan was to give me a weeklong
series of intravenous steroid injections. Yes, many side
affects. Probably outcome: May or may not have any effect on
the MS. but just sometimes would result in a long lasting
remission! This was the hope and the doctors were rather
adamant about the need to start immediately because all they
could hope for was to slow down the process, as no damage
done could be undone!
With the Lord was tugging at my heart; I told them I needed
to come home and spend a week in my church first, but agreed
to come back the following Monday to undergo the treatments.
They were not entirely pleased with my decision. GOD'S
HEALING TOUCH!!! God's ways are gentle and loving and He
will always meet us right where we are! After Bible Study on
Sunday evening, April 6, 1997, several good friends, a
pastor, John and I met in our church's prayer room to came
before the Lord and seek His answer to this illness! Our
pastor prayed, as did all of my friends as they anointed me
with oil and laid hands on me, all of us trusting in James
5:14-15, that God's Word is True and He Does Heal. I knew
God had touched me as I was filled with a PEACE that I'd not
experienced before! NOTE: This happened peacefully and
quietly in the little prayer room at my church. It's not
necessary to travel to find the Holy Spirit's anointing!
Jesus met us right where we were just like He promises to
do... In gentleness, love and His Perfect Peace!
HEALED!!!!! Back home I continued holding onto walls, out of
habit, but after two days I realized I wasn't falling.
That's when it really began to hit me, so I decided to try
walking into the center of my living room, off I went. heel
to toe, heel to toe. the way the doctors always tested me! I
DID IT, I WALKED BACK, I DID IT, there I was staring at a
miracle, WOW what an incredible feeling!!! Crying, laughing,
falling to my knees in tears to praise God!!!!
MONDAY: CHANGE OF PLANS, MORE TESTS; We returned to the Mayo
Clinic on Monday as promised to a doctor who seemed somewhat
confused! It was awesome!!! She politely asked me if we
would allow them to do a few more tests. She wanted to
repeat a couple of the tests and do a couple of new tests. I
agreed to the additional tests, I KNEW it was the Lord! And
s they began.7:00 AM Monday, by Wednesday late, my doctor
didn't know what to say; the tests were back. BUT THIS TIME
- ALL NEGATIVE!!! Again, in her politest voice she asked if
we could stay over a couple more days so she could send
these tests to the Rochester Clinic for verification.
DIAGNOSIS REVERSED: TESTS CONFIRMED NEGATIVE BY
ROCHESTER!!!! Dr. Stone told me she didn't know what to say,
that she had NEVER misdiagnosed a case of MS before and she
was so sorry, she didn't know what to say!!! I looked at
her; smiled, and told her she had not misdiagnosed me...that
God had healed me! In that same "really polite sounding
voice" she asked, "Do you really think God healed you?" To
which I responded, "NO...I don't THINK He healed me... I
KNOW HE HEALED ME.
With that, I stood and walked heal to toe across the room
and back again and again.perfect balance!!! The prior week
she had witnessed me almost fall trying to take only one
step with John behind me holding my shoulders! She shook her
head, smiled really big then gave me a big hug...saying, "I
guess we won't have to see you here again!"
To God be the Glory forever and ever and ever!!!!
GOD'S SPECIAL TOUCH.. Ya know how God does those special
little things just to confirm things in your heart? I
totally love this!!! My MS doctor's name is Lael Stone, the
name Lael is only found once in the Bible in the book of
Numbers and means "Belonging to God". Accident? I doubt it
TODAY: (Day of writing this - Oct 2001) It has now been over
4 years and I'm still walking, running and dancing!!! I can
climb on chairs and up ladders! I am driving my car! I can
see clearly! And the internal problems I had are completely
gone! The depression and mood swings gone, thrown into the
deepest ocean! My friends and neighbors who observed this
transformation are still in amazement because MS is a
killer; it does NOT go away. One lady (not Christian)
continues to ask me what I am "taking" and can't seem to
grasp the idea that God really does heal, even though she's
seen it with her own eyes, that really confuses her, but I
know God is working on her in a mighty way. She says things
like "I know you're better I can see that, I remember how
you were.but what did they give you?" One day our Lord will
open her eyes!
DATA; Name of the person: Sheila Lee Vollmer Fullerton,
California Disease: MS Duration of disease: 7+ years Date
healed: Sunday evening, April 6, 1997
Physician who can certify patient had condition: Dr.
Zimmerman -- Head of Neurology Department Dr. Lael Stone --
Neurologist / Specialty - MS Neurology Dept. -- Mayo Clinic,
Physician who can certify patient is now healed: Dr. Leal
Stone Neurology Dept. Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona
Person's pastor: Sr. Pastor: Chuck Smith (Asked that I share
with the congregation) Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa,
Love and hugs and prayers!!! Your Sister in Christ,
You are welcome to share this freely, please leave it
intact, may it bless you and encourage you in God's Word,
Who sent His Son to die for our sins and by His stripes we
Sheila Lee Vollmer
Kneemail@earthlink.net (Received on
Tuesday July 16, 2002)