Face Your Fears!

Now if I take a step back into reality for just one minute then the reality is that we don’t always have things like the amazing waves or amazing scenery to distract us. So you need to find ways to do that! For me as most of you know photography is that distraction. I put all my energy into taking pictures and the entire process to produce the best ones I can. My point is that distraction can play a huge roll in getting your mind off the pain. The mind is powerful and believe it or not you can control your pain to some extent!

Life with a chronic illness is about challenging the illness itself, and proving to myself that anything is possible when you set your mind to it. It wasn’t my fault that I got sick and then all of a sudden all these limitations were placed on my life. I accept that now and believe me it took a really long time to stop asking why something like this would happen or to just move on from that. I want to live life to the fullest, and I want to experience all kinds of amazing things in my life. You can’t do that when you live paralyzed by fear! I approach every day with an attitude that I’m not going to let fear into my life. It means trying the things that seem impossible and not worrying about failure. Be proud of yourself for even trying! What if you do succeed? Then you’ve just empowered yourself to push beyond your limitations.

I get it! I understand when your diagnosed with an illness or a disability of some sort that it stops you cold in your tracks! Don’t let it stop you though because as I always say “you can do great things with your life”! If you need support from others then go out and find it because I’m telling you it helps. Over the last several years I’ve met a lot of people in the world of chronic illness. We encourage each other to push through difficult times or congratulate each other when we succeed!

I don’t believe that life shuts down for a second and I don’t think God does either. I believe that He wants to see bigger and better things come of your life. If you want to keep living in fear then that is your choice. I guarantee you that by asking God for help with that fear however that amazing things can and will happen in your life. The other day as we explored this amazing island we came across a quadrapalegic artist who paints with his mouth. The pieces of artwork he produces were amazing and only encouraged me more to look forward not backwards. God has obviously given him a very special talent, like He has given each and every one of us. This artist has chosen to turn his disability into something positive and an example to us all.

So my challenge to you is this! Make a commitment to yourself to break away from the fear if it has a stronghold on you. Don’t be scared to try and move forward with life after your diagnosis. It may not go in the direction you had planned but you might be surprised in the results you achieve!


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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.

2 Responses to Face Your Fears!

  1. Chris H says:

    Powerful words Ross! Love your photos too. My blog went private for a week, but will be public again tomorrow.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Great post Ross! Amazing pictures too, you have a great talent.

    I was diagnosed with RSD/CRPS at 31 years old while working I was bit by a dog. The diagnosis was not an easy one on my husband and 3 kids.

    I really like your challenge, to break away from fear. So many times we get wrapped up in our own plans we seem to forget God is in control. In the beginning I questioned “why me”, but through time I have found it is to help others with chronic pain. To find there is a purpose for my pain was very freeing. I have learned to stop stressing over the little things and to enjoy the many moments of life.

    Take care and hoping you find comfort in your pain.

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