We set our limits

No matter what we are facing, we choose our limits. Even on high pain days, we have a choice. We can let our pain stop us, or we can take time to rest, believe that tomorrow will be better, and keep moving forward.

Each breath we take is a blessing. Let’s not waste it. When we are faced with a chronic illness, a life altering disability, or anything that disrupts our daily lives, it’s challenging to see our blessings.  When I have high pain days with lots of muscle spams and spasticity, I find it difficult to see my blessings. But through prayer and refocus, I begin to be more thankful and look at my blessings. This helps me better deal with my injury, pain and depression.

Life is tough, but we have the choice to live it or let it live us.  We set our own limits; therefore, we can push forward even if it’s a tiny step or give up. Don’t let others, like our doctors and family, dictate what our lives are going to be. Instead, through prayer and refocus set your own goals because the possibilities are endless..

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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