Focus on the positives

Focusing on our blessings changes our mood and mindset. It can help us stay calm, upbeat, and allow to keep going. We are all human and have shortfalls that cause us to stumble. Yet, when we choose to focus on the good around us it helps us to get back up and keep moving forward even if it is only by tiny increments.

We are resilient and strong. Even when we face tragedy we can still focus on the blessing to help get us through. The more we change our mindset to find the good the more we overcome. Adversity tries to overtake us, but when we reframe the situation, we will find positivity even in the hardest of times. Granted it is not always easy to find the positive in some situations, but we are stronger than we think and together we can overcome anything. It does take time and practice to keep smiling even when you think you can’t.

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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