Small wins lead to Achievements

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I remember the day when I lost all feeling from the waist down like it was yesterday. I felt defeated and began to doubt myself. So, when the doctor told me that I needed to get used to being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life I began to feel hopeless. Yet, deep down I knew that God had something more planned for me. So, I had to keep fighting and taking steps to getting better.

As time passed, I grew stronger and more stable. But because of the loss of balance and proprioception I had a hard time believing that I would ever be able to do a plank of any kind again. But even so, I have continued to keep working at it as I know that even small wins can lead to achieving the goal. Well again, God has shown me that it is never impossible with Him by your side.

All honor and glory go to Him. No matter what you are facing with God by your side you too can achieve your goals and aspirations. Keep moving forward and each small win will lead you to many achievements.

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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