Unveiling Moyo Onabolu, who wins a fierce battle with Eczema by going natural.I still remember Vividly the first time i met Moyo. It was at a Green tea party Organised by THE GREEN PROJECT Nigeria. I was invited to speak on ”If you can’t eat it don’t put it on your Hair.” I just couldn’t help but notice graceful Moyo who was all smiles, she had on this beautiful up-do with her kinky hair so i went to meet her and we got talking. It was later on that she shared her story.
So in case you don’t know what Eczema means, here’s a quick one on it. Eczema is a noncontagious inflammation of the skin, characterized chiefly by redness, itching, and the outbreak of lesions that may discharge serous matter and become encrusted and scaly.
I am so blessed to be able to write that my hair and skin journey has stemmed from my walk with God and I can categorically say none other. I can fill up this space and way more, specifying and laying out my regimen and supporting reasons, but it would be a journey to futility as it would fail to capture the essence of my journey. All the information and sources I have discovered have been by His leading and only served to confirm brilliantly what He was laying in my heart. This is what He had highlighted to me through His personal/direct words to me, on-spot conversations, links, thought, imagery and so much more.
I had started to draft this writ titled ‘My hair and skin journey’ and wrote a pretty good piece if I must say so myself, but the truth of the matter is that the niggling feeling I had was indeed true; something wasn’t quite right, I felt like I’d lost the plot sometime when I started to list my regimen. Indeed it focused more on the external (physical measures involving or of the physical body; a purely cosmetic approach) and just barely touched upon the meat of the matter – the internal process (that stems from my very being and substance).
I can truly say what I needed at every step in time, literally found me, considering the fact that I was house bound for the better part of the eczema saga, even down to every meal. I’m sure you now see that it would be a sin to release the first draft as a true and valid statement of my journey.
Regarding the physical body or housing, I put two scenarios that eventually have the same outcome to you;
-I am a young woman with beautiful skin that I have handled with skill and care. If I do live to a ripe old age before dying, this skin will age with wrinkles and generally sag to, in the final analysis, have an ‘old’ look (yes there is a blessing called ageing gracefully or beautifully, but you can still tell an older woman from the younger),
-I rid myself of this eczema someway and somehow no matter how brilliant, scientifically sound, just plain simple, supernatural, or even ‘perchance’ if you like,
In both cases, I see that someday I will surely and most certainly, die. That is one certainty no one can disprove, outsmart, deal with, manage or cure. So then, what is the point in chasing physical healing/wellbeing to eventually die again at some future or near date, as the case may be without first securing Life and keeping track/walking as a or in the Spirit which is my real, inner being, person and body?
I have, through this period, learnt some more, how to deal with God and not issues. This way, I am focused on dealing with God, which opens me up to His provision of communion (walking, talking, and holding my hands at every stage). When an event in our lives occurs, there are side-attractions which happen to be the distractions and not the point. Therein lies a pointer to the ‘lesson’ or the big picture. See it from thence and forget the moot points and if you just can’t, don’t live enslaved to them, thereby allowing them limit you. In my case the distractions were and are from the pain, from itchy sensation, discomfort from the raw rashes, general discomfort that threatens peace of mind. The point was to see what God wanted me to see in it all. That I am by no means limited by my external circumstances; that He is with me; in me and by me at ALL times; that He cares for me and provides for my every need. It is always about growth for God, never about pain or the absence of it. He isn’t hindered by either state, it’s our flesh that is. But we aren’t flesh, we are Spirit in flesh. So I live with these realities. And on the days I forget because I’m about to tear my flesh apart, He reminds me through varying means, this being one.
I DO NOT SEEK RELIEF OR HEALING AS IN THE ECZEMA GOING. I do not seek to lay up treasures which will rot and be corrupted but instead to lay up treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19).This eczema, as is every event in my life, is a part of my walk with God and a platform for our communion. What I take into consideration is not its presence or absence but what He is saying to me at every stage about how to live the life (John 14:6).
This experience for me has been about healing that has to do with wellbeing and recuperating, the point or focus not being the eczema clearing, but my well-being, through God’s instructions in eating to healing and complete lifestyle changes. In essence, it hasn’t been about removing ‘the problem/issue’ but it has been about learning what God’s will is in this event of my life. The by-product has been the eczema clearing but most of all, I am learning to live irrespective of my external circumstances. In fact, the eczema has cleared to return severally, so it remains an on-going process for me.
Going back to the last quarter of 2012, there were so many words He spoke to me that I didn’t understand. In relation to the time, they seemed disjointed phrases. At best, my ‘understanding’ was an explaining away or wrongful tagging. In hindsight, I now see that these were indeed hints pointing me to the future and preparing me for this episode of eczema and I daresay beyond. About the same time, He told me to go natural with my hair, that is, discontinue all use of chemical relaxers. I didn’t understand why at the time but I was sure about what I’d heard and quickly obeyed to start what I now term ‘my hair journey’. Now I know it adds up towards my wellbeing as a whole.
So now, to any eczema –carrying person out there, I will say, no ask, yet again beg, that you treat this with utmost care and find out what you need to do in your own skin journey. I will point you to my trusted guide for this, He is God. Trust me, if we could find out what caused you to be susceptible to eczema and as you know most specialists do not still know the causes, He would know.
I will end, borrowing a concept I’m all too familiar with from a fellow (now eczema free) person ‘Follow that inner voice on your journey to well-being’. I have followed God’s voice on this journey and when I read these words on her blog, I couldn’t help but identify with this as I understood too well her point. So let it be a journey of discovery albeit painful, some days frustrating and nearly all bath times ‘fiery’.
Most of all, what you do need in excess is a network of support, love and truth (God’s word) for your growth and renewal. Eczema can be a draining period but alongside this I have found it to be mostly a time of restoration and renewal from my insides out.
Moyo’s pictures are not available right now but as soon as they are i’ll upload them. Please leave your comments and questions below.