Laughter & CRPS A Great Mix!!

Only a few days after my last post and how things can turn! Over the last few days I’ve been experiencing a really bad flare-up with my CRPS. Today I’m feeling a bit better although it’s been a while since one this bad has hit me. I woke up the day before yesterday and I felt like I’d gone ten rounds in a boxing ring. The pain was so bad that I ended up spending most of the evening in bed trying to rest through the pain. Then yesterday morning when I woke up, not only could I feel pain in my affected limbs, but through my entire body. As I said though I’m feeling better today than I did yesterday so hopefully the worst is over.

As I’ve mentioned time and time again! CRPS is the type of condition where out of nowhere things can turn, and you can be left rocking in the fetal position! Yes! I am trying to have a sense of humor in all of this. Making a joke or laughing at some of the symptoms that a person lives through helps! You might ask how can you laugh at something like this? Well it helps with the stress and when I’m able to laugh a little, it reduces the amount of stress on my body. You always hear people saying that laughter is the best medicine and sometimes I find it really is. There are times that I find it helps me better than any of my medicines ever could. If I can’t laugh at some of the things that I face in my battle with CRPS then the disease wins!

Do I find it a coincidence that I have a sense of humor in all of this? No! I really believe that God has given me the ability to laugh at times when I need to. Laughter will often help me in lifting my spirits when the things around me are filled with chaos. It just makes things so much easier when I can make a joke about things, or laugh at something that I had to go through in coping with this nasty illness. When people are trying to deal with CRPS often things like depression result, and so laughter helps to reduce the possibility of that happening.

Those of us who deal with CRPS in most cases have suffered losses of various types. One thing that you don’t have to lose though is the gift of laughter. I know that going through everything that I’ve been through personally, that I couldn’t have gotten to where I’m at today without being about to laugh. Of course I can’t speak for anyone else but I can speak for myself. It makes a difference in your fight! It changes your attitude in dealing with all the things that you do in dealing with a health issue like CRPS.

Even though the last few days have been rough I need to look at the big picture. The last two or three months have been better overall and I really do believe that God is starting to heal my body. There is no backing down from CRPS and I will continue to laugh my way through this illness when at all possible! So for today I’m going to leave you with a few pictures of what brings a great deal of laughter to my life. My kids!







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About Ross

My name is Ross and I want to welcome you to my site. I'm married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and my soul mate all rolled up into one! I am the father of two very special girls who we adopted from China & Ethiopia. Together we make up one very multicultural family! In 2006 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD. It was the start of a journey I never could have expected, and one that I couldn't fight without God. CRPS is a chronic pain disease and it started in my left hand. I lost mobility of my hand and started to experience pain unlike I ever could have imagined. Not to long after my left ankle became affected. I spent the better half of about a year and a half not knowing what was going on in my body and traveling from doctor to doctor to find a diagnosis. As time went by I started learning more about CRPS and all its symptoms that it brings with it! As I started to learn more about CRPS I felt the growing need to share the information I was learning with others and to raise more awareness. As well I want this to be a place where we can connect and support one another. So I would encourage you to contact me if you want.

7 Responses to Laughter & CRPS A Great Mix!!

  1. Laughter is a huge help. For me I put “my face on” and smile. I’ve been hurting too but most folks can’t tell. I totally get what you mean though about being in a fetal position in the bed. that is a bad day. Sorry.

  2. Amy says:

    You have some very cute kids Ross! I’m sorry you had a flare up 🙁 We added you to our prayer list on Friday evening so you have a few more prayer warriors in your ranks. Blessings and healing to you my bloggy friend!

  3. toi says:

    hello Ross, thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I don’t know much about CRPS, but positivity and laughter are great attitude in times of suffering.
    You have two beautiful daughters and I am glad they bring laughter in your life. God blessings your way.

  4. Megan says:

    I’m so sorry that you are suffering right now. : ( You have such a great outlook on life. I’m praying for you!

  5. Chandra says:

    Hi Ross…

    Thanks for stopping by my little blog. I’m so glad you did because I never would have had the opportunity to meet you and learn of your incredible story. I will be checking back in to see how things are going and of course to get a peek at those sweet little ones. Sending warm wishes your way!


  6. Tammy says:

    Hey thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂
    I’m really glad I was able to find your blog and read your story. It’s uplifting and inspiring to read about your ability to find humor and hope when dealing with so much pain. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Your daughters are so cute! 🙂

    Have a great day,

  7. Marie says:

    Your daughters are so beautiful and your story so inspiring!

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