If You Fight You’ll Win!

Five days ago things took a real fast turn and I ended up having another surgery to fix my upper implant. Now I sit here waiting to talk to the surgeon about the results of the cultures, and see if I have to take the entire upper implant taken out. It won’t be an easy thing to hear if that’s the way things go, however I’m choosing to believe that God has worked another miracle and cleared up any infection. In the meantime I focus on trying to distract myself through editing a few photos that I took before all of this started! I had been out taking some pictures at the lake in our city when I came across this little guy.

This past weekend was very wet and so I didn’t get a chance to take any shots out at our cottage like I had planned. Not to mention I wasn’t exactly feeling up to it, as I’m having problems just tying my shoes at the moment! So the time was spent sorting through photos that I needed to go through. Taking the shots is the easy part but when you have to sort through 500 shots and pick the best ones it can be a bit of a task. So your seeing a sampling of those photos.

To say that last week was a bit of a challenge is an understatement. Just when things are going well and your feeling good once again you get hit with yet another issue to deal with. It isn’t easy but as a family you meet it head on, and you try and manage the stress as best you can. Last week had it’s moments where the stress was starting to wear us down but you have to find a way to release it in a positive way and not let it derail you. Not the easiest thing in the world I know but that’s where my photography helps.

I can’t afford to let a small bump in the road like this stop me from focusing on the big picture. I don’t know why this setback happened, and I may not know what other things lay ahead. I do however know that like all of the other setbacks we will get through it once again and continue to push forward. Before this all happened I was feeling good so I know that with a little effort and Gods help I’ll get back to where I was. I have big plans for my future and I’m not about to let anything stop them from happening. It doesn’t matter if I have one setback or ten my attitude remains the same and that’s to overcome this season in my life.

I know I can’t speak for everyone out there and I never would, but in spite of your CRPS you still have so much going for you. It’s up to you though to decide how your going to try and change your situation. Are you going to sit back and let it defeat you, or are you going to give everything within your soul to change where your at. The changes don’t happen fast but they do happen! Setbacks are just par for the course so expect them and keep moving forward to bring about change. You have to keep your head focused and that’s where God helps me so much. The phrase ” two steps forward one step back ” is so true and its such an up and down fight. It takes a lot of work mentally and physically but the results are rewarding! A question to all of you dealing with CRPS. Has anyone since their diagnosis been dealing with any blood pressure problems? Send me an email at ross@painfullyoptomistic.com if you have a comment about this.





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.

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6 Responses to If You Fight You’ll Win!

  1. Tara says:

    these are gorgeous! Sorry to hear about your setback! But you have a great attitude about it! And that is the most important thing!! attitude!

  2. Lisa Gordon says:

    I am so sorry for this setback Ross, but my friend, with that wonderful spirit, you truly cannot lose.

  3. Ross, I am so sorry to read about your recent setbacks, that you, as usual, have turned into an opportunity to see beautiful is no surprise at all. I have great respect for the way you’ve used it as an opportunity to sift through over 500 photos. I can see the way your love for life is reflected in the photos. You’ll be in my prayers.

  4. Nicolle W. says:


    Thank you so much for coming by my blog. I have been reading through your blog, and your photos are amazing. You are so talented, but beyond that, your attitude about life and your struggles really inspires me.

    I will be praying for you!

  5. Liz says:

    Setbacks are so tough but the positive attitude you have will see you through them. I sometimes cry out to God and ask “Why??” or “Why me??”. We will never know why we have to deal with chronic illness but we do have a choice on how we deal with it. Choosing to find things in life to be grateful for (in my case, my Gratitude Journal) is in my opinion the best way to live the life of chronic illness. You have that well covered too, Ross!! I am inspired by your positivity (even though I know you have bad days too).
    Seriously, where would we be without our faith in Him??
    Praying for you my friend 🙂

  6. Liz says:

    Oh, and I forgot to say… Wonderful shots!! I’d love to see more too 🙂
    (I understand the overwhelming job of looking through the huge number of shots and deciding which to keep)

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