Adventure Day!

Today was a free day at camp and so our family and a few other family members that are here at camp with us went white water rafting. Ok! So it was a little more like floating down the river! When we first thought about doing it I wasn’t sure if I’d even be able to get myself into the boat but with a little effort I did and was able to have the most amazing time with everyone. As we floated down the river there was a calmness that came over me that I haven’t had in a long time. I say that because of all the stress that’s been in my life as of late. It was one of those moments where all of your troubles just sort of role off your back for the moment and everything is fine

As the current took us downstream around each bend, a new scene was presented before my eyes.  I kept wishing that my camera was in my hands but wasn’t able to take it. The day was just one of those moments where I’ll have to soak up the memories without having had the chance to take pictures. I’ve decided on this holiday that I’m not going to let my disability stand in my way. If it means pushing physical boundaries or mental ones then so be it. For someone without a disability  what we did today is a walk in the park but for someone who faces adversity every day it’s a challenge. So every time that I’m able to do something like what I did today it gives me confidence that I can do even more.

Before we left on vacation I was having a hard to trying to maintain focus and be  positive. The physical pain and the mental wear and tear was starting to get to me, and in all honesty wear me down. It’s like that car that’s running on empty where you aren’t sure if it’s going to make it to the gas station or not! I’ve been able to coast into the station and fill up with God. The reality is that I couldn’t do this without Him and I need to follow His direction and take time ask Him for grace to deal with all of this.

Tomorrow we’re off to Idaho for the second leg of our trip. It’s time to pack up and move on to the next half of the adventure. So if I don’t want to be grouchy in the morning I’d better get a little sleep. See you soon!

 

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 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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One Response to Adventure Day!

  1. Lisa Gordon says:

    Oh my goodness, Ross, good for you!!!
    It sounds like this is a wonderful and much needed trip for you.

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