Often when faced with chronic illness and/or injury we tell yourselves and others that we cannot do (you fill in the blank). Yet the reality is that we can and often do the tasks. Sometimes the task seems impossible, but I know from personal experience that with a little bit of hard work and practice anything is possible.

Flutter kick and balance. Each time I do this exercise it improves. When I first started I couldn’t even do this exercise.

Standing and stretching. Requires balance. It is still difficult but the more I do this stretch the easier and better it gets.

Squats without holding on, I never thought I would have enough balance to do this again.

So often we start out saying, ” I can’t…” yet when we push forward we do. God created us to be miraculous and resilient. There is nothing we cannot accomplish with Him by our side. After all, He s our biggest cheerleader.

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 “Resilient

  1. Of late, I have found myself uttering daily, ”Oh Lord Jesus, please! I just can’t!”
    And yet, each night, I find myself being able to thank Him for seeing me through the day.
    We are only resilient when we know where our strength actually comes from 😉

    Congratulations on ‘finding some of your balance’ again, and on some amazing progress!
    Keep going! And may God give you extra comfort and love on the days where you feel tired and sad.

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