Friendships Within Disabilities!!

Well after problems with my site I think all the kinks have been worked out. I started having problems several days ago, only to have my admin side totally crash on me! My host company has been working on things to get things back up and running. Everything should be much better now and if your noticing any problems please contact me and let me know. I was also having problems with really slow downloads, but I have changed the way my site is hosted so that problem should be gone as well. Now with any luck I should be able to get back to blogging.

It’s been a very frustrating few days because this is now my third attempt at putting together a post, and every time I start to put things together I start running into problems. I’m having problems upstairs in my brain. My thoughts aren’t very sharp right now, and every time I try to put a sentence together it takes me forever. This is one area I wish I could gain control, however it isn’t as easy as one might expect to try and change the way your brain works. You tell it one thing and it wants to do another. I can only hope that when I put this all together, that it comes out clear and to the point. My pain level is also on the rise so I’m trying to act now to try and prevent a flareup that gets out of control, and limit the amount of pain that I have to deal with.  

So yesterday I was at physio and I ran into someone who has become a friend, after seeing each other often at our treatments. Over time we’ve had the chance to get to know each other a bit better, and familiarize each other with our respective health issues. So it was good to catch up with each other and bounce ideas off each other, or just simply listen to each others frustrations. Later on in the evening I got to thinking about just how important it is to have friendships like that. Now as I deal with my CRPS I have some great support around me in friends and family, but a friendship like this is different. It gives you a chance to relate to each other on a level that’s the same.

These are important relationships to have because they help you to maintain perspective.  As you meet people you start to build a support group of friends, who help each other through the hard times. I can’t say enough about the support I receive from family and friends, but there are times when I just need to talk to someone who is living in my shoes. Sometimes you just need someone who can relate in exactly the same way, who can shed some light on a particular situation.  What happens is that you will sometimes find inspiration in those people and how they deal with their own disability. Then in turn you start to use that inspiration in ways that helps you to make decisions in how you deal with your own disabilities.

Seeing someone else in their fight can motivate you like nothing else. One of my biggest inspiration is someone by the name of Nick Vujicic who was born without limbs. If you get the chance watch some of his videos on YouTube then do. When I look at the things he has overcome in his life I tell myself I can overcome mine to. He has a book out I’m reading called Life Without Limitations, which you can find in my library of my blog. I may not know Nick Vujicic but I can draw inspiration from how he chooses to overcome his disability. Without a doubt you can do the same! Challenge yourself to make contact with someone, if you don’t already know someone who shares in your challenges.

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 Friendships Within Disabilities!!

  1. I do not know someone with MS, but I can imagine the struggles it can bring.

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