Our Disposition Can Affect Others

Many of us understand this simple truth. Yet, we have a hard time remembering to use it. For example, when I have high pain days I tend to be down and grumpy, forgetting that I still have much to be grateful for.

So, remember, we have a choice to be grateful and happy for another day. God has blessed us, so why not share the blessings with others? A simple smile can make a grumpy person into a happier one. In turn, they pay it forward.

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.

2 thoughts on “Our Disposition Can Affect Others

  1. Yes – those pain days are the worst. I had one this morning and I definitely felt weepy and discouraged. It didn’t take long for me to feel better after I got to the Bible and spent some time praying for others. This is a great reminder. Thank you.

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