Overcoming Medical Fears | My Story

Overcoming Medical Fears | My Story

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday to you. ❤ The topic of today’s post is something I’ve never written about before (and this will probably be the last time, as well, haha!), and that is medical fears. I will be talking about how I used to feel as a child, and why I feel so much better about it now.

If I can be an encouragement to you – any readers that have medical fear/s, for most people have at least one! – then that is absolutely wonderful because I hope I can inspire you. I know how hard it is to feel better about something that causes us to be fearful, but I would love for you to hear me out – just take into consideration what I share here.

Thank you in advance for reading! I hope that you enjoy.

Overcoming Medical Fears | My Story

Fearing Pain: My Childhood

Growing up, I always struggled to be okay with discomfort. I found it extremely unbearable on various levels to trip and scratch up my knee, bump into a wall and get a bruise – even a paper cut was aggravating. This trait troubled me for years because I was unwilling to move forward in my perception of pain to any degree.

I didn’t like doctors. I became upset when I hurt myself. It was even worse if someone accidentally hurt me – I always saw their mistake as my burden. Looking back, I truly regret being stuck in that mindset up until about the age of sixteen.

Yes. I spent over a decade in underlying agony.

It’s a painful thing when you can’t take any discomfort in stride, and then along the way, also being unable to forgive others … and yourself.

But this was my reality.

Where I Am Now

Very recently (especially this past week), I went to the doctor multiple times – and for various reasons. From getting my eyes checked to attending a consultation at the oral surgeon’s, I needed (and still do) different work done – and I’m not too keen on much of it. Some of the things were slightly invasive, and others were simple check-ups. I experienced a bit of discomfort a few times, but nothing excruciating, for which I am extremely grateful. I realized that fear laced many of my thoughts these last seven days, which I’m not proud of, but it got me thinking.

The more I’ve thought about it, the more tired I’ve become of living in fear of medical things.

Visiting the doctor and needing something fixed from time to time is not worth the stress that I put on myself. Even when a procedure isn’t going the way I’d prefer, it is very important that I visit the doctor – I have no idea what we’d do without them!

Because of this, I have lately been scrutinizing the exact reason as to why I am afraid.

Do I have legitimate reasons for feeling as frightened as I do?

Do appointments always end up going just as poorly as I project they will?

Will I ever be able to say I was happy to have been so anxious about these doctor visits days before they happen?

No – that is the answer to all of them.

To make a long, painful story of my life short, my perception was greater than my pain.

Finding Comfort in The Bible

There is something absolutely calming to me about the Lord’s Word. I find it impossible to read the Bible with a frown on my face, with anger clouding my thoughts, or with unforgiveness in my heart – you can’t do it. The times that I have approached Bible-reading time with that countenance, my behavior automatically became better … and I have no other explanation for it except that His Word changes me.

Whenever I open the Bible to a passage of scripture, whether I’ve been there thousands of times before or I’ve only visited that page once, I’m always struck with the unshakeable fact that these words were breathed into being by the Lord God Himself. I can’t explain to you what a pleasure it is every time to know that He is the One behind every book, every chapter – each and every word that I find there. Regardless of which part of His Word I read, I become awe-struck every time – and I love it.

I have recently taken to perusing the Bible deeply when something troubles me. When I’m not having a good morning, I turn to His Word. When something has shaken me so bad that I’m literally trembling, one of the only things I know to do is open my Bible. I have come to rely on its everlasting wisdom and encouragement, regardless of what I’m going through.

It has become a habit over the years for specific verses to come back to mind – especially when it comes to current trials. If I’m scared, hurting, anxious, or in any way upset, there are passages that I know to turn to that will calm my aching soul. The Bible never fails to be a shining light to me even on my darkest day.

The Lord knew that we would need a place to turn to when life gets rough. That is why one can find constant, immediate encouragement throughout His Word – you can’t get very far before a verse has caught your attention and slowly works its way into your heart. My favorite verses are always changing, because that’s how much studying His Word means to me.

So, how has this led me to where I am today?

No Longer Living In Fear

I have learned, especially through the power of the Holy Spirit, that it is not His will for me to live afraid. I can’t walk this earth having anxiety about the next few (and even several) steps I take, and this is something He has been helping me with lately. I have been able to go through a few minor medical procedures this past week that I would have been completely horrified by even a year ago … and that is absolute PROGRESS for me. ❤

Looking back even on these recent times, I can see how He has been at work in my heart … and that is a true blessing to me, even in this present moment.

When it comes to aggravation toward myself and others for accidental pain … that is still something I’m working on and praying over today. Yes, steps have been made forward, but I still have a long way to go … and I know that the Lord is already by my side.

So, to the ones reading who have disliked all things medical like I have for so long – have you truly taken a look at how you perceive doctors? I know how easy it is to be physically, emotionally, and mentally unable to bear some of the procedures that must be done, so I know where you’re coming from. But I would like to encourage you today to think deeply about how you look at these situations, versus how they actually are.

There are times when we’ll feel left alone to carry the weight of our burdens … but that was never the Lord’s plan for us. One of my favorite scriptures can be found in Matthew:

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
– Matthew 11:28

I hope and pray that I have been an encouragement to you today! 🙂 Even when we feel lost in the mentalities we’ve had for years, there is so much hope to be found in the loving grace of Jesus Christ. If you’d like to talk about any medical things you have gone through or are currently going through, I would be happy to listen – I know how comforting it is to talk about things like this with someone.

Thank you so much for reading!

— Maggie

52 thoughts on “Overcoming Medical Fears | My Story

  1. this was such a wonderful post to read! I have to admit that I’m afraid of pain and that something bad might happen to me medically…thank you so much for posting! I really appreciated this post!

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  2. This is s beautiful post and a great testimony! To be completely honest with you, I’m not a big fan of going to the doctor either. I was terrified of the pain I would have to endure while giving birth to my two sons. I even have 4 wisdom teeth that need to be cut out and removed but because I am scared for my life.. I keep putting the surgery off lol.

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    1. Thank you Jessica! ❤ I have been afraid of the same thing before – I don’t know what I’ll go through medically when I start having my own kids!! It’s something I’m definitely having to leave in the Lord’s hands. I’ll be getting my wisdom teeth out soon, actually! I don’t want surgery lol, but I’m in pain nearly every day because of them ;(


      1. Lol I guess it’s a different story when you’re pregnant though😂😂 you’re scared of the pain but so TIRED of carrying another human inside of you that you just want to get it out lol. As far as the wisdom teeth go.. mine had been causing me pain daily and the dentist put me on some antibiotics to get rid of infection that was of course making them hurt worse and I haven’t been back every since! I will we need God completely out in prayer before I go through with that surgery!😂😂 Like He very well may have to come down here on a cloud and touch me!! Lol!

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      2. YES!!! I can understand that, haha – I could tell that was how my mom felt when she was pregnant with my little sister last year! I’m happy to hear the antibiotic cleared up the infection, but yes, you and I definitely need these pests out. Hahaha!! Same here, Jessica! I’m going to need all the encouragement I can get! And that would certainly do the job!


  3. Wow this is a beautiful post! And very insightful as well. As a dental student we get a lot of patients who have what we call “white coat syndrome”. And it’s this almost unexplainable legitimate fear of seeing doctors/dentists. When we take their blood pressure it typically is quite a bit elevated. I personally have a fear of needles and I wonder if it’s somewhat similar in that there’s always this fear of experiencing something potentially painful while also being rooted in something psychological. I’m really glad it’s gotten better! It’s a long journey and sounds like you’re going in the right direction! Def something to be proud of. Congrats ❤

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    1. Thank you, Keira! ❤ I can imagine – I would have been one of those patients a few years ago! It has gotten so much better for me as I’ve realized there’s nothing to be afraid of. Yes, it’s definitely a combination of psychological and physiological discomfort, at least in my own experience. Thank you! Yes, I hope I continue to be able to. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  4. This is such a beautiful post. Fear is such an incredible thing it isn’t always reasonable, but it can create such stagnation and stop us from doing things. I am so happy that your faith and God helped you move past your fear. All the best to you sweets! ❤

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  5. I think it can help, if you know anyone in the medical field, to talk to them and tell them about your fears and anxieties. Most people get into medicine because they really do have compassion for their fellow human beings, so don’t worry that they’ll think you’re silly. My mom is a P. A. and we talk about medical stuff all the time, especially when we watch E. R. together. 😉 She answers any questions I have and I honestly think that has given me a healthy amount of trust in doctors. I still have a natural fear of pain and will never be thrilled about undergoing a medical procedure, but it helps just to have someone answer your questions and explain things to you so you have a better understanding of what’s going on.

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    1. That definitely is helpful! I don’t personally know any doctors, but I am sure to ask the ones I do see any questions I may have to clear up any confusion. (And Yahoo! answers are helpful sometimes, too 😉 )

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  6. It’s very interesting reading others’ stories here on WordPress and that includes yours! My boyfriend used to struggle with crippling anxiety and was a hypochondriac, but since dating me- he’s really learned that not all medicine is evil haha

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  7. Ah, I can totally relate girl and agree with everything you said! Ever since I was young, I was always living of medical fears since I would get some minor health issue and everyday till now I constantly worry about my health that I’m just so sick of it. But praying and having faith in God always makes me feel better and confident 🙂 Great post girl and really hope everything as well as your health gets much better for you ❤ 🙂

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  8. This was a truly inspiring to post to read, Maggie! I really did enjoy it- thank you for sharing your story! I can also relate to this, I really think something is going to hurt and get all worked up about it, when it’s really nothing at all! It’s really nice to hear that you have overcome your fear!
    Clover ❤️😀

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  9. I hear you about anxiety and fear. What a wonderful way to open up about how God is leading you and healing your heart. I know the topic may be slightly different than what you talk about, but the material honestly is very consistent with what you share regularly. You’re honest. You’re open. You share God’s word and how He is helping you. I really enjoy this post and it clearly has spoken not only to me, but others as well. Keep it up!

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    1. ❤ Thank you, I enjoyed writing it 🙂 Yes it was, but I’m glad to hear that you think it went along nicely! Being genuine and honest is my #1 goal on this blog ❤ Thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement!

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