Close your eyes and just dance

Our lives continue to change continually. Yet, many of us still are not where we envisioned, we would be. But all we have are the moments we have right now. Remove the unrealistic expectations and unfair demands of perfection you have placed on yourself…close your eyes…and just dance.

Start enjoying each positive moment to its fullest allowing all the negatives to fade away. Allowing all Of God’s blessing He has given us to be enjoyed while giving Him thanks for it all. Our father wants us to be fulfilled, happy, experience all His beauty and love. Rejoice in this and in the knowledge that you belong to the Lord the life God has as you cast every care on Him!

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the life You have given me. Show me how to fully live it without placing demands of perfection on myself. Help me to just dance, live, and enjoy the gift of life You have given me to the fullest and with thanksgiving. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Living with an incomplete spinal cord injury, Chiari Malformation, Allodynia, and now SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) all the while still being a wife, a mother, and grandmother is not easy. Yet, I know that I am here for a reason. Each day I open my eyes I am thankful for another day I get to be with my family, enjoy all the beauty around me to the best of my ability, and to have the opportunity to keep moving forward. Even on the days I feel like I am going backwards, I know that God is still with me working on me, refining me.

So, stand firm and believe that better days are coming while continuing to enjoy all the moments you can. No matter where you are right now know that each blessing is to be enjoyed to its fullest. Smile and dance every moment you can and share your moments with others every chance you get. Stay focused on the future because you cannot change what has already happened. Learn to tell a better story so that others can you never know whose life you will influence.

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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