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My Struggle: The Story. The Recovery. The Photos.

(above is one of my favorite scriptures and one of my most favoritist places in the world: the amazing hope-filled prophetic mountains of Samaria in Israel)

 

This is the long awaited update that I’ve been trying to send out for many weeks now. Some of you may have been more intimately involved while others are still trying to figure out why I dropped off the face of the earth. Hopefully this will update you all!

 
What Happened:
 
The short story: One week after Itai was born (Dec 22, 2012) began the past several month battle of a cocktail of bacteria/viruses (to include strep, staph, shingles, and lymes) that overtook my entire head (throat/sinuses/ears/nose/eyes/face). One of the most intense challenges was my state of constant excruciating pain in my head for over 3 weeks that very high pain meds hardly touched. I lost most of my hearing 15 weeks ago after both eardrums burst from the infection and have been leaking fluid up until just a few weeks ago and about 13 weeks ago my left eye (also my camera eye) turned very much inward (infection or drug reaction causing 6th nerve palsy) causing bad double vision when opening both eyes, forcing me to keep it closed. It was truly a bizarre ‘perfect storm’ of events that baffled many a person and doctor at it’s onset and intensity, especially for a pretty healthy and strong and active person like myself.
 
The Road to Recovery:
 
I’ve went on a very intense healing regimen (major diet changes, heavy juicing, coffee enemas, supplements, physical therapy) that brought me back from a very infection-riddled weak state. I’m gaining my strength back bit by bit, which is needed after being pretty bed-ridden for awhile. We are moved back home now (we had moved in with our amazing friends, the Schminkes, because I was unable to take care of myself or my family) and we are trying to settle in and figure out what ‘normal’ life is again. Being a wife and mother of 3 little boys (4 and under) has had it’s major challenges with one’s sight and hearing impaired, and would be impossible if it wasn’t for my amazing Jacob who’s picked up the unfathomable amount of slack that I’ve left.
 
The Struggle:
 
At some point in the past couple months I had lost, in some capacity, the ability to speak, to eat, to hear, to see, to look normal, to make decisions, to take care of myself or my family. I’ve never experienced so much horrific pain. I didn’t know how lonely and isolating that was, how bleak and vulnerable a state. One that the enemy can waltz in and, without much of a fight, steal any and every vestige of hope. I got angry. I fell into despair. I did a lot of things I would’ve thought a woman of faith wouldn’t do. I never once doubted God was there. I never doubted He could heal me completely in a second. I was just so upset at why to me it appeared He was just a ‘spectator’ of sorts, watching from an arms length….just out of reach. How I could cry out and seem to only get silence in return. Once one problem would start to resolve, another would arise that was even nastier than the previous. I’d wail through the pain while also yelling inside “I can’t see! I can’t hear! My face is deformed! I can’t even kiss my newborn! I’m such a burden! Spoon-fed, really?! My 2yo is scared to death of me! Is this what you want? What more can you take from me?!” And I realized there was indeed o so much more that could be taken from me. I have been humbled for my lack of gratefulness many times over. This has been, by far, the greatest testing of my faith, but as I emerge from it all, I think the Lord has strengthened me through it.
 
What I’ve Learned:
 
I could drive myself crazy with the what-ifs and whys and although I’m still waiting for my grand epiphany on why I had to go through all this, I tell you some of the valuable things that I’ve learned:
 
• I’ve learned to worship and praise the Creator because HE is worthy and NOT because of what is or is not happening in my life. This was such a hard reality to come to grips with. To offer praise of thanksgiving when the emotion running through you says to do the opposite. I’m sure this will be one of my ongoing challenges.
 
• I’ve learned to further trust my husband, with the most intimate and practical (and embarrassing) details of every aspect of my life. I watched him over the course of several months go from somebody that was coping and retreating to somebody that served his wife and boys with the most incredible tenderness even under highly stressful circumstances, without frustration or annoyance. Who was resolved to be in the Word more and to bathe his family in its peace and protection. Who could lead in confidence AND humility. To watch what the Lord was doing in his life brings me to tears, especially as I continue to watch it effect all aspects of our life and our relationships with others. This refinement and shaping has truly been a necessary preparation for the next step in our journey. I’ve been reminded that when you pray specific things for your husband, one has to accept the way those prayers may be answered.
 
• I’ve learned that the written Word of God should be woven more intimately into my every day life. I was convicted that I was waiting for answers but was I really seeking to hear?
 
• I’ve learned there is no more precious a privilege than to care for one’s family, as even that was taken from me. So often I would (unconsciously) look at my ‘homemaking’ and ‘motherly’ to-dos as quite the bother, worthy of being shrugged off in the event that I had ‘higher’ priorities to get to. But then I found myself wishing and praying for those simple tasks to be restored to me.
 
• I’ve learned how treasured and vital community and the body of Messiah really is. The outpouring of love that we received just downright baffles me. Seriously. Not only did the Schminkes lend their home and resources and time to us, but we received encouragement/prayer/finances from a countless number of people, many of which we didn’t know personally at all. I still struggle a little with some guilt as how to repay you all – on some bleak days it was that one little note, that one scripture, that one prayer we knew someone was praying that would get me through the next hour.
 
• I’ve learned that sometimes you can only focus on one day at a time, one hour at a time even, and was forced to do so. Even now, I still have to realize my priorities sometimes need be set very short-term just so I don’t get frustrated. Hard for a vision-junkie like myself.
 
• I’ve learned to be even more grateful for miracles. My darling Itai, born at the very beginning of all of this, was the only one of our family to go through it unscathed. He not only managed to be free of all sickness (even though he was plastered to me 24/7), but he THRIVED and has become my biggest, chunkiest baby yet as I continued to exclusively breastfeed him through the entire ordeal. He had more than doubled his birth weight by 2 months at 16 pounds! Now that he’s almost hitting 20 pounds, I’m still trying to rebuild my body enough so I can cart him around without wearing myself out! What a blessed problem to have!
 
• I’ve learned to identify, in some small part, with those that have to live in pain. It’s a bit of a scarring that I won’t be free of anytime soon, and I think that’s ok as I read the other day “Don’t hide your scars. Wear them as proof that God heals.” May God use me to minister to others with the same needs/struggles that I had.
 
• I’ve learned to lay things down more easily. I have a penchant to being a strong-willed, high-octane, vision-generator who can get pretty passionate about whatever is inspiring me at the moment. I’ve found that at any given time I may have a goal/vision/need/want that, while being good and awesome, might be asked of me to be laid down for a season (or periodically or permanently), and I must be content (and NOT a fake content, truly content and at peace). There is such blessing in a true submission to the Father’s will and I pray that He can forgive me when I fail.
 
Where I Am Now:
 
I’ve come a long way in the past couple months. My most dramatic improvements can be readily seen as my facial maladies are healed, I’ve regained so much of my strength, and I’m getting close to my goal weight again. My vision has seen amazing improvements even though the process has been so gradual that Jacob often has to tell me when it’s improving as my eye is straightening. As I continue with supplements/acupuncture/patching/exercises to rebuild/retrain the nerve, I can use both eyes most of the time, being able to see everything directly in front of my and to my right (without having to cock my head at funny angles!). Vision to my left still goes double but I prayed long and hard for that far-away goal of being able to walk while having both eyes open! Hallelujah for progress! {{{Edited: Just this past week nearly all of my vision has been restored!!!!}}} My hearing is still quite muffled and ‘underwater’ in both ears, even though one eardrum has completely healed, so it appears now that I’m dealing  with some nerve damage there as well. This has become my greatest source of frustration lately as it’s exhausting to always strain to hear everything and asking everyone to repeat what they said 50 zillion times. But it is GREATLY improved over what it used to be and every now and again my right ear gets all ‘bad speaker crackly’ for a split second when the boys are reaching certain decibels so maybe that it is a good sign. I nearly cried when a friend lent me her hearing aid momentarily – I forgot what full sound actually was!!! Prayers are appreciated for our ongoing decisions on how to work at restoring everything, especially as we need to make sure the Lymes bacteria is fully ridden from my body. 
 
Blessed
 
These things that we have been given to walk through are just some of many we will encounter in our lifetime, situations that will mold and fashion us into the servants the Almighty needs for His purposes. May He give us the power to be content in all things at all times and strengthen us for the things that lie ahead. By His grace I’ve learned that whether one eyed or two eyed, hearing or not, with or without my camera, I am a very blessed woman.
 
The Photos
 Although not many photos were taken during the hardest of the ordeal (and I’ll spare you the gruesome ones), I gathered some give you a glimpse into some of the recovery and re-acclimating.

This is the room in the Schminkes’ home that we lived in for a month while they took care of me and my family. (I can’t believe I dont have any photos of this amazing family in all the sacrificing and serving that they did)

An image of my face trying to recover from the deforming shingles and staph infections.

This is my view from my bed at the Schminkes. In my bad double vision I would look at this wall as my gauge, hoping that the “two” pink guitars would start getting closer together. My vision was unchanged the entire month there. (Below is an idea of how ‘double’ my vision was – worsening with the distance of the object)

My Itai was my closest companion through all of this – my little beacon of hope through some very dark spots. Since our sickness started almost directly after he was born, I feel like I missed most of him being a newborn. It was like I woke up one day to this gigantic baby!

Left: Itai at 2 weeks old before things reached the worse. The computer, and books and such is a testament to all the time I was devoting to researching everything I could to get us all well.
Right: My bedside at the Schminkes, showing some of my elements of my constant regimen of dosing/supplements/diffusing/physical therapy.

Just some of the countless notes, cards, and letters that were sent to me.

This attempt at a family picture was taken the day after we moved back into our camper, by way of the timer and our kitchen counter. This was a very challenging and daunting venture for me to tackle normal ‘life’ again being still very weak and working with one eye in small spaces. It took me days to recover from our first time grocery shopping but it was nice to accomplish small steps back to normalcy. Driving was still many weeks away!

But we were SOOOOOOO happy to be a family in our home again, with the hope of restoring all the health and time lost…

This is my first ‘outing’ in several months that wasn’t a doctor visit. We went to a Purim costume party. And when you are already wearing a patch, how many costume options do you really have except being a pirate? ;o) With my first-class mate in tow of course.  A small miracle happened that night: At the close of the Purim party, I was encircled by some precious individuals who prayed fervently for an advance in my healing and I opened my eyes to find my bad eye had turned more to the center and my field of vision (unchanged for a month) had expanded from a few inches to a few feet!!!!!! Miraculous blessings of encouragement that helped me carry on to the tomorrows ahead!!!!!

Poor Zevi had a rough time of it as well, overcoming some big health obstacles, but what was so cute is him adapting to our situation in the funniest ways. At any given time he would run to the bathroom and yank off some toilet paper and meticulously roll it into little balls with his tiny little palms and proceed to pack his ears with it. Since I’ve had my ears packed for months now, he just thinks it’s the new fashion trend or something.

Juicing was new to us, but it was definitely a vital lifeline of nutrition and energy and healing when I needed it most. I think I figured we went through over 15 pounds of produce a day, amounting in 12 or more 8-ounce glasses a day.

Here is a regular sight in our home: Asher belting out “YOU ARE FAITHFUUUUL!!!” to the Matt Redman song “Never Once” (A song that carried me through a lot) while Zevi sneaks some of my green juice.

I sometimes have to remind myself that Asher just turned 4 last week – he’s been the most amazing big brother through all of this.

We had the most wonderful friends (even from Israel!) that sent us flowers to brighten not only our home but our outlook – spring is coming and with it the banishment of all things cold and sickly!

I still can’t believe that Itai is such a fat, healthy, happy baby.

Jacob snapped this a few days ago as we were going out the door, to show y’all how well I’m improving. Blessed beyond words.

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Victoria - April 28, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Dear sweet Heather,

YES!! I knew a post would come! 😉

So grateful and thankful to the Father for continuing to heal and restore your body!!! May He continue to place His Hand upon you and continue to make you whole- He who has begun the good work will be faithful to complete it! <3

I have to admit, looking at that picture of your poor scarred face just made me want to cry. Tears of hurt for all that you've had to go through, all the pain you've had to endure…but also tears of joy to see how far the Father has brought you. Tears of awe at what He is doing, how faithful He is to work in our lives. Never once have we ever had to walk alone- halleluyah!

Love love love that last picture of you and Itai- you look even more improved than you did at United in Worship! And I can actually SEE that darlin' chubby boy without all the layers and bundling! 😉

Know that you are still being lifted up before the Throne of Grace…

{Hugs}, love and shalom to you!

P.S. THIS year in Jerusalem, yes? 😉

Joan Miller - April 28, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Hallelu Yah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our family is rejoicing with you and is thanking our Loving Heavenly Abba for His mercy and His healing power for you. “Bless Yahweh, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His Holy Name. Bless Yahweh, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits: who pardons all my iniquities, who heals all my diseases, who redeems my life from the pit, who crowns me with loving kindness and compassion, who satisfies my years with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle. ” Psalm 103:1-5.

You have been redeemed from the pit and your youth is renewed!!!!
BTW, you looked great at Family Week, and now you look even more fantastic!!

FYI: if you aren’t doing this already, YL geranium and helichrysum are great for nerve healing. If you don’t already have some, let me know and I will send some. I heard about a 12 year old boy who was deaf who has perfect hearing now after using YL helichrysum and the ear treatment outlined in the EODR and the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by the Higleys.

With much love,
Kenton, Joan, and Megan

Stacy - April 28, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Praise the Lord for your healing! And congratulations on having believing brothers & sisters there for you in the midst of this trial. That is one blessing that cannot be overstated.

I love seeing all your essential oils sitting out. I’m just starting my EO adventure. I’m excited because there’s a facebook group that’s testing different brands to compare the quality.

One question – how do you pronounce Itai? You definitely got yourself another bright eyed perky boy! :)

Prayer & blessings for your family,
Stacy

Cindy Brown - April 29, 2013 - 12:32 am

Praise Yah for His faithfulness and for yours, as well! When I was praying for the Meyers, I could not picture your face. Now that you’ve posted a link to your blog, I realize I have met you before. I think we met at Lamb Fellowship during the worship conference Mason Clover organized last year. If not there, it must have been at the Schminkes’ house. Either way, it’s nice to put a face with the name and to see the fruit of answered prayer! Blessings to you, sister!!!

Rebekah Brown - April 29, 2013 - 12:55 am

Thank you so much for sharing this!! I know I didnt contact you much but our family and our entire fellowship was praying for you. I am SO grateful that our Father has restored your health!!! We will continue to pray that it gets fully restored. Love you!!!!

Niki Wright - April 29, 2013 - 1:01 am

Even though I don’t like that you went through all of this, I do like how God is healing you!! Thank you so much for sharing your story!! I have been praying for you! Sooo thankful you are doing better!! Many blessings to you and your family!!!! I will continue to pray.

Kyle Perry - April 29, 2013 - 2:37 am

So good to see you back on here posting photos! Just hasn’t been the same without you. Thanks for sharing your story and what you’ve learned; I believe God uses our struggles to impact people for His kingdom and glory; the hard part is for us to let go of our plans and surrender to His, all the while saying: “Thank you LORD for this pain, don’t stop with your love.”

Eva - April 29, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Thanks for sharing! A lot of this hit home for me, i developed a head FULL of blood clot after my first born. The pain was excruciating,I KNOW how you felt. I know its not the same problems you are dealing with, but I understand the PAIN. I too had double vision for a while and I think that was one of the hardest things to deal with, besides not being able to take care of my newborn baby. I learned a lot about myself over that time, and I KNOW there is nothing too big or small that God does not take care of for us.So thankful to hear you are doing well, God bless you as you get back to normal life, and enjoy your babies!

Selena Jetnarayan - April 29, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Wow! Thanks for sharing all you went through – such a hard road I cant imagine but what an awesome testimony! You look great and your little guys are beyond adorable.

Peter - April 29, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Heather, what a blessing it was to read this- I’ll be praying for you until you post again saying that you’re 100% back to normal! This is a quote from Spurgeon that I just love: ‘I dare say the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health… with the exception of sickness.’

He is our Healer and our Afflicter; ‘His grace is sufficient for you, for His power is made perfect in weakness.’

Pete

Tewauna - April 30, 2013 - 4:41 am

Wow! All that you have been through is just amazing. You’re openness about your struggles is inspiring, and it’s such a blessing to see how Messiah has strengthened you throughout all of this. I will be praying for you. (Sidenote: your family is beautiful)

Sharril Sherwood - April 30, 2013 - 7:26 pm

What simcha (joy) to see you chronicle this horrific journey you have been on in such an anointed way! I was so blessed that you would take the time in your recovery to send me those photos of me proclaiming Ezek. 36 on the mountains of Samaria. Then, getting to live with you and your fantastic family in Jerusalem after the 2011 HaYovel Harvest was a precious season.
I agree with Joan, you looked great at Family Week, patchn all! What an inspiration you and your family are.
Onward and upward, till we stand together again on the mountains of Israel, proclaiming His promises!
Your journey is inspiring those in “my world” as well, even those who haven’t met you!
Shalom,
Sharril

Michelle Masser - May 9, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Heather, you are true inspiration of hope even in the midst of trials. May the Father continue to bring blessings and healing into life. Thanks again for sharing the message of hope to me and my family–our lives are eternally changed!!

BatZion - May 13, 2013 - 10:08 am

Oh my goodness, Heather! What trials and hard times you have been through, but how you have emerged through it like a butterfly leaving its chrysalis. Will be praying for you and your beautiful on your continuing road to recovery…

Mary Bikowsky - May 24, 2013 - 1:59 am

Baruch HaShem! Blessed be the Name! Shalom Jacob and Heather, One thing I see in all of the pain of this journey, is the beautiful family that you are! The cameras “eye” has often captured the sweet, adventuresome, artsy, visionary, inspiring, godfearing, powerful, family; that you are in YHWH. This healing journey has shown that the “outward” that we have been seeing is most importantly inward truths about The Jacob and Heather Meyers Family! What a gift you’ve been given to know that you know, that you know, you are loved!!! You are so very tenderly and deeply loved by your best friend, Jacob. His strength is yours to lean on and find comfort(as well as joy) in like never before. You are loved by your precious “little men”. Asher doing all that he could to help his mommy, and Zev with cotton in his ears as he related to your new “fashion” trend, and baby Itia who the Father cared for- through his sweet sick “little” mommy (yes God’s strength IS made perfect in our weakness),you are loved by your family and amazing faithful friends like the Schminkes and so many others to numerous too list (Praise be to God!), and you are loved by people you don’t even know!, and most important of all, you are loved by your Abba Father God who held you tenderly while you cried out to Him and were sometimes unable to know at that moment how closely He was watching over you and loving you !!! It’s only by the grace of a truly amazing God that so much strength, joy and beauty can be found in the hardest places of our lives. May God ever be praised and exalted and glorified in our lives! For He is Worthy! Thank you so very much for sharing this blessed praise report of the goodness and faithfulness and unfailing love of HaShem!!!
Love to you all, Mary Shalom

Lois M Trostle - June 10, 2013 - 4:01 am

Hello, thanks for the family pictures and the story line to go with them. Some day I want to see and touch those little guys. I’ve loved Esher for all the years of his life just via the pictures– what would it be like in person? Be Well Everyone! Lois

Emily - April 20, 2014 - 12:29 am

It’s been a whole year and I miss you very much. Even though we haven’t met I still think of you often. You are my first and greatest inspiration for photography and adventurous-God-worshiping-gypsy-family lifestyle. :] You continue to be in my prayers and I look forward to any updates you might share someday!!

Sarah Rankin - January 18, 2015 - 8:40 pm

I was going through my HISTORY & found your sight & came to see how you all were doing ~ WOW ~ I am so sorry that all this has happened to you! I also have been through many horrendous events ~ unspeakable & unexplainable & NOW I have come out on the other side ~ like you: REJOICING & STRONGER because I KNOW our MESSIAH JESUS & ABBA FATHER provide & protect & LOVE US SO MUCH <3 blessings to you & health & healing to you all! sarah ps my email is dysfunctional

Sarah Rankin - January 18, 2015 - 8:41 pm

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Sarah Rankin - January 18, 2015 - 8:42 pm

oops!!! JUST SENDING LOVE!

Sarah Rankin - January 18, 2015 - 8:45 pm

I have a very DYSFUNCTIONAL email 😀 I was going through my HISTORY & found your site & NOW i had NO IDEA any of this happened to you!!! YHWH have MERCY !!! I also have been through several HORRENDOUS years & have come out for the most part on the other side ~ STRONGER because of our MESSIAH’s LovE <3 sarah

Sarah Rankin - January 18, 2015 - 8:47 pm

ps YOU”RE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN EVER!!!!!!

Sarah Rankin - March 1, 2015 - 6:17 pm

i hope that all is well ~ Shalom!