Power in Words!!

The busy week has come to an end and I’m happy that we can have a day where the pace slows a bit. It’s not that things have been any busier than normal, but it’s that we’ve been trying to get back into routine again after a week of holidays.  It doesn’t help that we’ve been trying to get our bodies back onto their regular clocks. Then you throw in a 3 yr old that has a really bad case of bronchitis who has you up most nights, then I guess things really have been a bit busier than at first thought. Ahhh Yes!! Things are back to normal in the house!!

After having a week where my pain seemed to be a bit better controlled I’ve noticed that it’s been a bit worse this week. I’ve been trying to focus on staying more relaxed though, and cut off  the cycle before the pain gets more reved up. During the coarse of the week I found time to add a new feature to my site. It’s the new bookshelf that I’ve added. I really like to read when my pain doesn’t stop me. I find it to be a great way for me to reduce the amount of stress that I suffer from, not to mention it helps me to take focus off the pain. So what I’ll be doing is adding some of the books that I’ve been reading that might be of interest to you. I’ve been reading a lot of books with stories of inspiration, ones where you and I can relate to some of the mental and physical things that people have been though.  When you read some of these stories and what they’ve been through, you can’t help but be inspired.

When reading books like these you become exposed to the issues and different circumstances that these people face, which in turn helps you to think about different issues that you yourself might be dealing with. It also helps me stay aware of  the various roads that you can go down, when dealing with a crisis in your life. You also start to look at the way that your dealing with your specific crisis, and ask yourself if you need to address any issues yourself.  At the same time there is a real positive side to reading stories like these, in that you become inspired and motivated not to let your specific crisis rob you of your life.

When I was first diagnosed with CRPS I had a hard time finding ways to stay positive while I was dealing with the diagnosis, and as I was watching my body change physically and mentally. There were times when I found it difficult to motivate myself and to fight to change the things that were happening to me. I would allow negative thoughts to enter my mind, which would then cause me to question if I was ever going to get better! At numerous times my faith has been challenged, and many times I’ve wanted to let my guard down and give in. If God hadn’t been there during those times then I don’t know where I would be at today.

When I sit here and think about it, I very easily could have become depressed and withdrawn from everyone and everything.  I could have very easily throw in the towel and accepted that this is going to be my life. If you listen to what some of the doctors had to say about CRPS you may as well forget getting better, and accept things for what they are. So as time went by and I became more worn down it became easier to hear more and more of the negative, and less and less of the positive. Slowly you start to let all the negative seep inside and it starts to change the way you think and act. What a lot of people really don’t understand, is that there is a war going on inside your brain that even you yourself have trouble understanding! I’m just lucky that God has been there to fight for me and not allow the negative to take hold.

I’ve been able to learn things about myself  in reading these books that otherwise I may not have seen. They have helped me in staying positive and to know that my story can and will end in a very positive way. They help me to stay focused on keeping control in my life and to keep everything in perspective. Often we don’t realize how powerful a written word can be. It can have an enormous impact in a persons life and I’m finding it that way in mine. Picking up a book that inspires is a great way to block out the negative. The book I find to be the most powerful though and of  most influence is The Bible!

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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 Power in Words!!

  1. TriGirl says:

    Hi Ross,
    Thanks for stopping by my site earlier. I’m glad I made you laugh 🙂 I really like the layout of your site. The bookshelf is cool 😀


  2. Angela Brian says:

    your blog is an absolute gem.

    i am so excited to have found you. i am a expected mommy-to-be, so my emotions run wild. but i have found lately that staying positive is becoming more of chore and less and less natural.

    please know that i love your blog and appriciate the time you put into it. it really did lift my spirit today.

    + your book shelf rocks. (i want them all)

    -a n g i e

  3. Ellen says:

    Reading is cathartic for me, too. I can get lost in the lives of the characters and leave my daily struggles (at least for a while). I use Goodreads to catalog my reading.

    Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I’m your newest follower and look forward to reading more of your posts.

    ~ Ellen

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