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Peggy Kirchhoff: Holding On to The Word

Peggy suffered with a debilitating disease for over thirty-five years. The source of her endurance and hope was the Bible. Read Transcript


Reporter: PEGGY KIRCHHOFF

IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL

GRANDMOTHER.

SHE RIDES FOUR-WHEELERS AND

MANAGES A RANCH, AND TAKES

CARE OF FOUR GENERATIONS.

BUT FOR FOUR YEARS, SHE WAS

PRISONER TO A DISEASE.

IT IS AN AUTOIMMUNE

DISEASE IN WHICH YOUR BODY

ATTACKS ITSELF.

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM LOSES

CONTROL, AND IT IS A

CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR

NERVES AND YOUR MUSCLES.

I HAD ONE OF THE WORST

CASES KNOWN.

A TYPICAL DAY FOR ME WAS ON

THE COUCH AT HOME WITH MY

PHONE NEXT TO ME.

PILES OF BOOKS.

A TRASH CAN BESIDE MY BED

THAT WAS MY POTTY BECAUSE I

COULDN'T MAKE IT TO THE

BATHROOM.

Reporter: AS A YOUNG

WOMAN, PEGGY WAS OUTGOING

AND ATHLETIC.

SHE WAS ALSO A CHRISTIAN,

AND DEVOTED TO HER

SWEETHEART, ED.

THEY MARRIED AT 18, AND SOON

CONCEIVED THEIR FIRST

CHILD.

DURING THE PREGNANCY PEGGY

NOTICED THAT SOMETHING

WASN'T RIGHT.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS

WRONG WITH ME THEN.

I COULDN'T SEEM TO GET UP

OUT OF THE CHAIR.

AS TIME WENT ON, MORE AND

MORE SYMPTOMS -- DROPPING

THINGS, DOUBLE VISION,

WEAKNESS.

Reporter: SHE GAVE

BIRTH TO JENNIFER.

AND FOUR YEARS LATER, CRAIG

WAS BORN.

GRADUALLY PEGGY'S CONDITION

GOT WORSE AND HER DOCTORS

COULDN'T FIGURE IT OUT.

BECAUSE MY MOUTH WAS SO

WEAK, AND I WOULD HAVE TO

HOLD IT TOGETHER LIKE THIS

TO TALK.

Reporter: AFTER 10

YEARS, SHE WAS FINALLY

DIAGNOSED WITH MYOTHINIA

GRAVUS.

AT THE TIME, LITTLE WAS

KNOWN ABOUT THE DISEASE.

SHE WAS PUT ON STEROIDS TO

HELP STRENGTHEN HER.

THEY WERE ENCOURAGED TO

FINALLY KNOW WHAT WAS

WRONG.

THEY HAD INDICATED THEY

HAD TREATMENTS THAT COULD

MITIGATE, CONTROL THE

DISEASE.

IT WOULD BE VERY LIMITED,

BUT IT WOULD ALLOW HER TO

REASONABLY FUNCTION.

Reporter: DURING A

PRAYER TIME, PEGGY SAYS SHE

HEARD GOD SPEAK TO HER.

I HEARD THESE WORDS, AND

IT SAID TAKE HOLD OF MY

WORDS.

Reporter: ANTICIPATING

COMMITTED TO LEARNING AND

MIMEDITATING ON SCRIPTURE.

I HAD TO KEEP HOLDING ON

TO THE WORD FOR MY LIFE.

THE WORD RESCUED ME.

THE WORDS CAME ALIVE.

Reporter: BUT THE YEARS

WENT ON, AND SHE DIDN'T GET

BETTER, ONLY WORSE.

PEGGY TRIED HER BEST TO KEEP

HER FAITH IN GOD, BUT

SOMETIMES IT WAS JUST TOO

HARD.

ONE DAY I ASKED GOD, WHAT

HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?

DID I SIN?

Reporter: BUT PEGGY WAS

DETERMINED TO PUT HER HOPE

IN THE WORD OF GOD.

I HAD TO STAY IN THE WORD

OF GOD, TO CONTINUED TO

LEAVE THAT JESUS WOULD

RESCUE ME.

Reporter: THEY

EVENTUALLY FOUND A

SPECIALIST IN HOUSTON,

TEXAS.

HE URGED HER TO UNDERGO AN

INNOVATIVE PROCEDURE AND A

PLASMA EXCHANGE.

PLASMA EXCHANGE IS WHERE

YOU DRAW BLOOD OUT OF ONE

ARM, AND PUT IT THROUGH A

MACHINE THAT IS ESSENTIALLY

A VERY FANCY WASHING

MACHINE.

IT TAKES OUT THE PLASMA

FRACTION OF THE BLOOD,

LEAVES THE BLOOD ITSELF, AND

YOU GIVE THE BLOOD BACK IN A

DIFFERENT I.V. IN A

DIFFERENT ARM.

Reporter: IN

DESPERATION, PEGGY AGREED TO

THE TREATMENTS.

BUT NEITHER THE SURGERY NOR

THE PLASMA EXCHANGE PUT HER

INTO REMISSION.

AS TIME PASSED, SHE BECAME A

GRANDMOTHER, AND THEN SHE

MET THIS DOCTOR.

IN MY PRACTICE, I'VE SEEN

MANY CASES, BUT PEGGY SAYS

PEGGY'S IS ONE OF THE WORST

THAT I HAVE SEEN IT IN MY

TIME.

MANY PATIENTS WHO HAVE IT

ANY WORSE THAN THAT DIE.

Reporter: THE DOCTOR

ORDERED ANOTHER PLASMA

EXCHANGE, AND PEGGY BRAVELY

ENDURED THE PROCEDURE

AGAIN.

I NEVER WANTED TO

SURRENDER TO DEATH.

I COULD NOT LEAVE MY HUSBAND

AND MY CHILDREN.

I HAD TO FIGHT.

Reporter: SLOWLY PEGGY

SAW CHANGES.

I DIDN'T HAVE JUST ONE

MOMENT THAT SAYS, OKAY, I'M

WELL.

IT WAS JUST VERY GRADUAL.

I JUST STARTED GETTING

STRENGTH AND NOT FEELING SO

BAD.

MY SON AND HIS WIFE THREE

LITTLE GIRLS CAME TO LIVE

WITH US.

AND THEY WERE VERY ACTIVE,

AND I STARTED BEING ABLE TO

KEEP UP WITH THEM.

Reporter: 35 YEARS

AFTER THE INITIAL SYMPTOMS

APPEARED, DR. BLUM DECLARED

PEGGY IN REMISSION.

PEGGY WAS CERTAINLY IN

VERY BAD SHAPE.

I DIDN'T THINK SHE WAS GOING

TO RECOVER, BUT SHE

DEFINITELY DID, AND THAT IS

A VERY RARE OCCURRENCE.

Reporter: MEDICALLY,

PEGGY IS IN REMISSION.

BUT SHE BELIEVES THAT GOD

HAS TOTALLY HEALED HER.

I'VE HAD MANY TIMES THAT

I'VE THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, THIS

IS GREAT, BUT IT MIGHT HIT

ME AGAIN, OR I MIGHT BE SICK

AGAIN.

BUT I'VE HAD TO HOLD TO THAT

ONE SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS, "

AFFLICTION SHALL NOT COME A

SECOND TIME."

AS I PUT THAT WORD IN ME

THAT TOLD ME ABOUT THE

CROSS, THE FAITH STARTED

GROWING IN ME TO CHANGE MY

PHYSICAL BODY.

Reporter: NOW, NOTHING

HOLDS PEGGY BACK FROM LIVING

HER LIFE FULLY.

I CAN RIDE FOUR-WHEELERS

AND I CAN DRIVE THE

TRACTOR.

MY FAVORITE THING IS TO WALK

WITH MY HUSBAND ALONG THE

CREEK.

MY LIFE DOES REFLECT GOD'S

FAITHFULNESS.

JUST DON'T GIVE UP.

AS LONG AS THERE IS BREATH,

AS LONG AS THERE IS LIFE,

CHOOSE LIFE.

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