Embracing life with chronic pain and illnesses.

Archive for November, 2013

Embracing Tomorrow

As I find myself participating….my activity level increasing, I am overwhelmed! It is hard to describe the feelings….the appreciation…..the heartfelt gratitude to God….for life….for my family….friends.

I have hiked, climbed the hills, clambered over fallen trees, trudged through muck, fought through thick undergrowth, descended steep mountainsides……yes, I did slip several times…..even fell once. The exuberance of being there…of seeing my son looking back to make sure all was fine….that I was keeping up….smiling at him and responding with a heavy breath…”Yes!”

I have been blessed with sore muscles! It has been so long since I have been well enough to exercise enough to have sore muscles! My tummy….my colostomy…..my bottom….no pain…no issues at all!

It is different living with a colostomy. I see it more as an advantage! Especially when out and about. It can give some challenges…..tummy upsets can provide some true comic relief!

I am still overwhelmed…..overjoyed by the blessed opportunity to be a wife, mother, employee…..and to have the awesome joy of assisting as a Den leader and assistant teacher for WBF.

I believe that my encounter with long term illness and multiple surgeries had provided the opportunity of growth….spiritually….personally.

Embrace where you are…..hold fast and know that there is an awesome tomorrow!

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Pushing Boundaries

I am still amazed! I am challenging myself with helping to teach 4/5th Graders at Wed night Church class. I have the pleasure of being the teacher when the lead is absent.

This definitely is a stretch for me….I am not normally comfortable in front of anyone……to be the lead….the one “in the spotlight” is foreign…..takes energy……takes effort.

I have found it is the most wonderful blessing! My primary…more specifically……only…focus is the kids. I find that God has given me the most beautiful gift of teaching the most wonderful children! I step up and lead…..design the lesson around the needs of our kids….to present in a manner that will allow them to learn…to receive the most from our limited time together.

I am so thankful for this opportunity! I wanted to give time…..to be more of a help to those around me….and now….I am pushing in every way possible!

I feel good….I am blessed! I am now reconnecting….which….is foreign…..it is strange…..it is AWKWARD!

How do you describe to someone that has been healthy…..getting back one’s strength/health……and at the same time…..how do you describe to those around us….that are still struggling with their health…..struggling with their issues that prevent their full participation in the life of those they love!

My heart aches! My eyes tear for those that are still caught in the battle! I just hope…..I sincerely pray……that each and every one shall have the opportunity that I have been blessed with……that through the many battles…..the very hard pressed…….painful….strides………will also see the relief….the true release….of being able to participate with our loved ones.

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