Take a breath

Life goes 160 miles an hour these days. We often find ourselves juggling multiple things at once. But what we forget to do is to stop and take a breath realizing how far we have already come.

We are often over critical of ourselves believing our negative thoughts and feelings. We continue to see all our failures instead of our accomplishments. When we achieve a goal, it is diminished in our minds. It is the “Yes” I did…. but I did not…” naming the numerous things that we believe we failed at. This is what the enemy loves to remind us of.

Each day we open our eyes we can defeat our enemy and give God our praise for another day! Another to keep achieving, succeeding, and going forward. We are resilient and made in HIs image. Take time to breathe and look at far you have come.

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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