Strength and Perserverance

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke1:3

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If I had listened to the doctors I would still be sitting in a wheelchair. Has it been easy? “NO!” It has taken and continues to take lots of demanding work. I am pulling the sled with 55 lbs. of weight. I am getting stronger because when I first tried pulling the sled, I was only able to pull the sled by itself.

One major issue thatthis injury caused is the loss of strength/muscle in my legs. As a former runner/dancer it is beyond frustrating to have legs and hips that don’t function properly. I miss the days of having great coordination. But God has continued to give me strength and perseverance to keep doing my best so that I can tell a better story.

I am thankful that I can share my story with everyone. I hope that by sharing it will encourage others to keep striving for more and tell their better story no matter what obstacles try to get in the way.

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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