No matter what we face

Lately, I have struggled with remembering better things are yet to come. I have had several bouts of very high pain levels with increased loss of sensation in my legs making it difficult to do much of anything.

Lately, I have struggled with remembering better things are yet to come. I have had several bouts of very high pain levels with increased loss of sensation in my legs making it difficult to do much of anything. Not only is it scary but it has made me wonder if I am continuing to get worse and/or may need another surgery. My anxiety has increased because my issues also impact so many people around me. Yet, I know that regardless of who we are we face trails and go through sorrows. The good news is that what we face we can be overcome when God is by our side.

Once we let our brains take over it becomes difficult to see that our situation is just temporary. It can cause us to have higher anxiety making it more difficult to deal with the situation. It can even cause us to lose hope allowing depression to creep in. Personally, when I start to feel overwhelmed, I reach out to those around me and ask for prayer. I also pray asking for God’s grace to strengthen and help me both physically and mentally so that I have peace. The more I pray and focus on Him the sooner I start to correct my negative thinking having better control of both my mental and physical state.

Life is messy and we have a choice to let it overwhelm our spirit and take us to dark places or to overcome it with the help of God who gives us hope, strength and guidance.  Regardless of what we face our Lord is there to guide us through and give us a great life.

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.

One thought on “No matter what we face

  1. Thank you for sharing the messy parts of your life. It helped me this morning as I’m dealing with my own quadriplegia and pain, both emotionally and physically. Jesus has come to give us peace. That’s what I needed to hear.

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