What hope provides

H-Honesty

Hope helps us stay honest with ourselves. Where there is a negative thought there are even more positive ones to help us focus on the truth of who we really are so that we can get back up, keep moving forward and tell a better story.

O-Opportunity

Hope always provides opportunity for us to grow. Even when we fail the first, the second or the hundredth time each time we get the opportunity to grow and keep moving forward.

P-Persistence

Hope gives us the push to keep going even when we falter. We get unlimited number of chances to keep going forward even when they are tiny baby steps.

E-Enthusiasm

Hope helps us stay enthusiastic even when we fall. It helps provide fuel for the fire that burns inside of us that helps us to keep moving forward and to tell a better story.

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

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