Continuing to Strive Forward

Faith is not the power of positive thinking; It is Believing in God and trusting that His will is always best even when you cannot understand why. Sheri Howeton

Positive thinking is not a bad habit to get into as it can keep your mind set in the right frame of mind, but that alone will not bring your goals to fruition. Having faith on the other hand, can and will keep you moving until you reach your goals and even take you beyond them. Without faith you cannot have hope and without hope we get stuck and cannot move forward. Living with any type of chronic illness can drag you down, cause you to lose hope, leaving us feeling like it will never get better. But as you will see from the short videos below, having hope, faith and with some work you can reach your goals and even more..

This was my core/leg flutter in Jan. 2021.

This was my core/leg flutter in March 2021. My overall balance has improved even still. Over the past 4 years I have gone from barely being able to stand and walk. Getting down on the ground was impossible in the beginning. Now it is much easier to get down on the ground and back up again.

This was the first time I attempted a plank in early Jan. 2021

This was on March 22, 2021. The improvement is amazing. With loss of proprioception this should not even be possible. Although, over the last 4 years I have regained some ability to tell where my limbs are in space as new neuropathways have been created.

I have improved on so many levels over the last 4 years. I have prayed, hoped, and pushed myself to keep getting better. It has not always been easy. I have had many bouts where pain has prevented me from being able to do much of anything. It is difficult to be positive all the time and yes, I succumb to doubt and anxiety. But as soon as I begin to pray my hope soon returns and I come to my senses remembering the set back is only temporary. No matter what obstacle we must overcome it is always possible with God by our side.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, God bless!

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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