When we believe in ourselves, allow God to guide us and keep going, we begin to transform. Each morning we can give up and remain where we are, or we can focus on the future, keep pushing and allow God’s purpose for our lives to flourish. Yes, there will be obstacles and the road will take navigating, but if we keep pushing, we will find we surpass our expectations. This is where transformation and God’s purpose for our lives happens.

Each day we open our eyes be thankful for another day to enjoy everything around you to the best of your ability, to have the opportunity to keep moving forward and accomplish great things. If you opened your eyes this morning God is not done with you yet! He is refining you.

Our life may not be where we envisioned it would be just yet, but all we have is now. Remove the unrealistic expectations and unfair demands of perfection you have placed on yourself…close your eyes…and just dance. Really experience life. Really experience God’s love. Enjoy the knowledge that you belong to the Lord and feel the joy of sharing Him with others through your actions.  Enjoy the life God has given you as you cast every cares on Him! Allow the transformation to happen.

This was a year ago. Just getting into downward dog was difficult let alone being able to do a plank. But with hope, faith, and continued work transformation continues.

As an Incomplete SCI survivor and Chiari Malformation Warrior it is my goal to help others understand that nothing is impossible when you have hope, faith and allow God to help heal and transform you. Perseverance and our resilience mean that God’s purpose is within our reach.

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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