Never Lose Hope!

The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to the regular routine again. I’m still on the mend after my gallbladder surgery at Christmas, but doing better by the day. It’s the start of a new year and I’m feeling even more optimistic that good things are going to come out of this year. When your dealing with an illness like CRPS there can be so many negatives causing discouragement. I felt like my post today needed to speak towards never giving up and always having hope!

I’ve been living with CRPS now for seven years and my hope to overcome is stronger now than it has ever been. The main reason that it has become so strong is that God has taken me from that place of anger and fear and replaced it with a faith and hope so strong, that nothing is too great for me to overcome. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that I will overcome this it’s just a matter of when! At the time my world was flipped upside down, I didn’t want to admit it but there was a lot of anger and fear over what was happening to my life! It was hard to understand why all of this was happening. It took a lot of praying and seeking God’s wisdom to help me get to a place where I could accept everything that was going on. All during that time however I never gave up hope!

The mental and physical drain on my body with an illness like this has pushed me to the limit on numerous occasions, but God is always there to fill me with strength and a sense of renewed hope. If you let your fear and anger control what you think and do, then without a doubt you’ll have problems seeing any hope at all. You have to find a way past all of that and come to terms with what has happened. It took me a really long time to accept all of this, not to mention a whole lot of praying for understanding.  As a result I’m in a much better place now!

Now I’m trying to move forward and set new goals for myself. Setbacks are just a part of what I have to deal with on a regular basis, and I’m more determined than ever not to let them stand in my way. I’m going to make the most out of my life regardless of what the circumstances are. If I’m going to do that then in no way shape or form does it mean that I can give up! So the way I achieve my goals is to stare adversity in the eyes and keep moving forward! It also really helps that God is right there with me every step of the way, and he can be with you through it all as well!






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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.

3 Responses to Never Lose Hope!

  1. lisa says:

    I am glad to hear you are recovering after your surgery, Ross.
    You always have such a wonderful spirit, and are truly such an inspiration.

    You take good care of you.

  2. Megan says:

    You have the most amazing attitude about everything! I pray that this year will be amazing for you!!

  3. bettyl says:

    It’s always encouraging to read how you won’t let this ‘thing’ beat you. I hope I would have the strength to fight like you if I ever face such a monster.

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